It Takes a Thief (1968–1970)
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Noah sends Al to break into a duchess's villa, not to steal her jewels, but the manuscript of her memoir.


Don Weis


Roland Kibbee (created by), Richard Collins (teleplay) | 2 more credits »


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Episode cast overview:
Robert Wagner ... Alexander Mundy
Malachi Throne ... Noah Bain
Hermione Gingold ... Duchess Christina
Sheila Larken ... Zizi
Larry D. Mann ... Dedier
Stuart Margolin ... Dimitri Stavro
Helen Funai Helen Funai ... Lori Chan
William Traylor William Traylor ... Milo
Cathy Lee Crosby ... Susan (as Cathy Crosby)
John Sebastian ... Schreiber
Jerry Summers Jerry Summers ... Andre
Chuck Courtney ... Henchman


Noah sends Al to break into a duchess's villa, not to steal her jewels, but the manuscript of her memoir.

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Release Date:

30 April 1968 (USA) See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Duchess Christina: Your position is going to be more than just "awkward" once they've no further *use* for you- it's going to be *fatal*!
Dimitri Stavro: [startled] What do you mean?
Duchess Christina: [surprised] Oh, come on now! You don't *honestly* think that they're going to let you live so you can *blackmail* them, do you?
Duchess Christina: I would have *thought* that a man of your intelligence would have figured that out for *himself*!
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Nice episode, good guest cast
15 May 2017 | by shaksprynSee all my reviews

In this adventure, our hero jets off to the Riviera on a mission involving an elderly duchess and her memoirs, which might be embarrassing to various parties. The episode benefits as usual from the effortless charm of the great Robert Wagner, who is aided here by an excellent guest cast.

In the opening scene, who is the striking blonde who is Al's partner in flirtation, in the usual story opener? She looks's none other than Cathy Lee Crosby, in her first credited screen performance! Stuart Margolin appears as the shady Count Stavro, his glory days as Angel in Rockford Files some six years in the future. Hermione Gingold does a fine job as the jovial duchess, and the young actress playing her niece, Al's romantic interest this outing, does well too. Helen Funai makes an appealing agent on the scene, bantering with Al. One wishes she had appeared in a lot more TV shows and films of the time. This is another solid "Thief" episode.

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