CTVA US Crime - "It Takes A Thief" (Universal/ABC) Season 1 (Early 1968)

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Starring Robert Wagner as Alexander Mundy
Season 1 (ABC) (Early 1968)
Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive
with contributions by: Rina Fox
references:
TV Guide /   Library of Congress (telnet://locis.loc.gov)
Internet Movie Database (http://us.imdb.com)
UCLA Film and Television Archive / Writers Guild of America (wga)


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ABC Tuesdays - time period not known

1.01 It Takes A Thief:
A THIEF IS A THIEF (90 minute Pilot)
(aka Magnificent Thief)
Production no. 83333
09Jan1968 ABC Tue (rerun 07May68)
Directed by Leslie Stevens
Written by Roland Kibbee
Guest cast:
Senta Berger ......... Claire Vickers
John Saxon ........... Dead Man
Susan Saint James .... Stewardess
Anita Eubank ......... Hilary Dickenson
Stuart Margolin ...... Priest
Michael Forest ....... Courier
Eddie Anderson ....... Concierge
Don 'Red' Barry
Les Crane
*Note: Brief appearances by: Raymond Burr, Wally Cox, James Drury, Kurt
Kasznar, Joe Louis, Doug McClure and Leslie Nielsen.
Synopsis:
Al must steal a dispatch case containing dossiers on SIA agents who are
about to be eliminated. [RF]

1.02 It Takes A Thief:
IT TAKES ONE TO KNOW ONE
16Jan1968 ABC Tue (rerun 14May68)
Written & Directed by Leslie Stevens
Director of photography Ralph Woolsey
Guest cast:
Susan Saint James .... Princess Astride
Len Birman ........... Prince Cesare di Montefiore
Renzo Cesana ......... Count Eduard de Corvo
Peter Mark Richman ... Anton Veitch
Alfred Ryder ......... Hunza Schroeder
Francine York ........ Amanda Agnew
Bern Hoffman ......... Captain of the Guards
Ivan Triesault ....... Maitre D'
Ronald Gans .......... Guard
Synopsis:
The SIA sends cat burglar Mundy to a European fleshpot, where the
Communists are scheming to topple a pro-Western principality by stealing the
crown jewels that form the basis of the economy. [RF]

[--] 23Jan68 preempted for the NBA All-Star Game

1.03 It Takes A Thief:
WHEN BOY MEETS GIRL
30Jan1968 ABC Tue (Rerun 04Jun68)
Directed by Don Weis
Written by Dean Hargrove
Director of photography Ralph Woolsey
Guest cast:
Suzy Parker .......... Melinda Brooke
Donnelly Rhodes ...... Harold Norman
David Hurst .......... Captain Kovich
Richard LePore ....... Lieutenant Verok
Albert Carrier
Karl Bruck
Reggie Nalder
Peter Hellman
Synopsis:
The SIA sends Mundy to an Eastern European country. Assignment: get
himself deported - after extracting information from a lovely defector.
First step in the caper: The classy thief gets himself jailed. [RF]

1.04 It Takes A Thief:
A VERY WARM RECEPTION
06Feb1968 ABC Tue (rerun 28May68)
Directed by Don Weis
Written by Leslie Stevens
Director of photography Ralph Woolsey
Guest cast:
Simon Oakland ........ Colonel Civril
Katherine Crawford ... Nancy Ross-White
Gavin MacLeod ........ Major Kazan
Hagan Beggs .......... Dr. Avrim
Chuck Courtney ....... V.W. Murrow
Lew Palter ........... Keating
Stanley Waxman ....... Ambassador Rhodos
Ilka Windish ......... Madame Rhodos
Than Wyenn ........... Safdi
George Sawaya ........ Observer
Synopsis:
Aided by an inside operator, Mundy uses disguises and ploys to burgle
the safe of a foreign embassy in Washington. Security measures -
including a closed-circuit TV system promise rough going for the resourceful thief. [RF]

1.05 It Takes A Thief:
ONE ILLEGAL ANGEL
13Feb1968 ABC Tue
Directed by Leonard Horn
Written by Stephen Kandel
Director of photography Andrew Jackson
Guest cast:
Fernando Lamas ....... General Francisco Arascan
Kate Woodville ....... Janet Sanders
Anthony Zerbe ........ Johnny O'Farrel
Rodolfo Hoyos Jr. .... Admiral
Francine York ........ Amanda Agnew
John Alvin ........... Dr. Warren
Fred Carson .......... Indian
Alex Montoya ......... Man
Ina Victor ........... Spanish Girl
Synopsis:
Mundy steals a priceless Da Vinci painting as part of an SIA plot to
get a bugged forgery into the stronghold of an ousted South American
dictator. But the plan backfires: The dictator is holding the masterpiece -
and Mundy is holding the bag. [RF]

1.06 It Takes A Thief:
TOTALLY BY DESIGN
20Feb1968 ABC Tue (rerun 18Jun68)
Producer Winston Miller
Directed by Michael Caffey
Written by Dean Hargrove & Alvin Sapinsley
Story by Alvin Sapinsley
Director of photography Ralph Woolsey
Guest cast:
Tina Louise .......... Anna Martine
John van Dreelen ..... Hosseine
Mari Blanchard ....... Mme. Gamar
Ron Soble ............ Colonel Parviz
Oscar Beregi ......... Sheik Al Hamal
Francine York ........ Amanda Agnew
Lyn Peters ........... Miss Najess
Walter Linden
Jan Arvan
Ted Roter
John R. McKee
Synopsis:
In the Middle East, Mundy crashes a Presidential palace to bankrupt the
ruler's plans for aggression. Posing as a couturier, the thief runs
afoul of palace intrigue as he tries to lay his hands on a numbered
passbook to an anonymous Swiss bank account. [RF]

1.07 It Takes A Thief:
WHEN THIEVES FALL IN
27Feb1968 ABC Tue
Directed by Don Weis
Written by Leslie Stevens
Guest cast:
Susan Saint James .... Charlene 'Charlie' Brown
Ben Wright ........... Commander Bakst
Mario Alcalde ........ Major Dimitri
Ben Astar ............ Commissar Pavelchenko
Charlene Holt ........ Miss Spencer
Terry Jenkins ........ Henderson
Cec Linder ........... Official
Murray Pollack ....... Attendant
Amzie Strickland ..... Saleswoman
Lorna Thayer ......... Warden
Michael Florian ...... Man
Lindon Crow .......... Control Man
Synopsis:
Al is sent into retrieve a sable coat that contains a map that is to be used
as a plot by the Soviets to discredit the UK and Baltic States. Al recruits
Charlie to help him pull off the job.  

1.08 It Takes A Thief:
A SPOT OF TROUBLE
05Mar1968 ABC Tue (rerun 11Jun68)
Directed by Herschel Daugherty
Written by Gene L. Coon
Story by Gene L. Coon & Mort Zarcoff
Director of photography Andrew Jackson
Guest cast:
Katherine Crawford ... Nancy Ross-White
William Campbell ..... Pierre Gropius
Cliff Osmond ......... Kurt Kredo
Joan Patrick ......... Paula
Geraldine Baron ...... Dana
Barbara Rhoades ...... Hilda
James McEachin ....... Head Waiter
Donald Lawton ........ Hotel Clerk
Meg Wyllie ........... Elderly Lady
Victor Bozeman ....... Waiter
Charles Lampkin ...... Gardener
Synopsis:
Champagne, gorgeous models and mayhem abound at an island paradise
where Mundy is looking for a needle in a haystack. Object of his quest: a
microdot loaded with SIA secrets. [RF]

1.09 It Takes A Thief:
WHEN GOOD FRIENDS GET TOGETHER
12Mar1968 ABC Tue (rerun 02Jul68)
Directed by Lee H. Katzin
Written by Dean Hargrove
Director of photography Andrew Jackson
Guest cast:
Rosemary Forsyth ..... Miss Harris
Keye Luke ............ Dubek
James Shigeta ........ Fong Sing
Patrick Adiarte ...... Crown Prince
Eve Bruce ............ Helga
Stanley Farrar ....... Bank Manager
Frances Fong ......... Madame Chen
Robert Ito ........... Chief Aide
Teru Shimada ......... Mr. Tsu
Kam Tong ............. 1st Servant
Synopsis:
In Washington, D.C., Mundy plays sleuth, sleight-of-hand artist and
companion to the crown prince of a pro-Western Asian country. Object:
thwart a suspected plot by the prince’s anti-Western uncle. [RF]

1.10 It Takes A Thief:
BIRDS OF A FEATHER
19Mar1968 ABC Tue (rerun 03Sep68)
Directed by Don Weis
Written by Glen A. Larson
Director of photography Andrew Jackson
Guest cast:
Charles Macaulay ..... Petrovian Ambassador Nikolai Marku
Strother Martin ...... Willard Knox
Tisha Sterling ....... Madame Trish Marku
Peter Brocco ......... Vlade Miloslav
Taina Elg ............ Anya Selina
Charlene Holt ........ Tracey Lewis
Mark Lenard .......... Colonel Kessler
Richard Karlan ....... 1st Guard
Gene Tyburn .......... 3rd Guard
Henry Corden
Eva Monty
Synopsis:
Mundy penetrates an Iron Curtain prison to retrieve microfilm from a
captured SIA agent. The attempt results in frustrating news: the film is
en route to an embassy in Washington, which Mundy will have to
infiltrate. [RF]

1.11 It Takes A Thief:
TO STEAL A BATTLESHIP
26Mar1968 ABC Tue
Directed by Michael Caffey
Written by Jerry Devine
Guest cast:
Bill Bixby ........... George Palmer
Linda Marsh .......... Irena Damos
Janis Hansen ......... the Blonde
Sharon Harvey ........ Temptress
Maurice Marsac ....... Mr. Bjornsen
Naomi Stevens ........ Mrs. Bjornsen
Ralph Smiley ......... Servant
Paul Sorenson ........ First Man
John Sebastian ....... Third Man
Synopsis:
Al must retrieve important papers somewhere in the large villa of a man
who's "socially and diplomatically" well connected and trying to sell NATO secrets.  

1.12 It Takes A Thief:
TURNABOUT
02Apr1968 ABC Tue
Directed by Don Weis
Written by Gene L. Coon
Story by Gene L. Coon & Mort Zarcoff
Director of photography Andrew Jackson
Guest cast:
Ida Lupino ........... Dr. Elsa Schneider
Steve Ihnat .......... Colonel Gilveney
Lawrence Montaigne ... Lt. Dorganoff
Shannon Farnon ....... Elena Ames
Peter Hellman ........ Sergeant
Nikita Knatz ......... Secret Police
Marvin Wyler ......... Waiter
Ralph Mauro .......... Guard
Jack Tesler .......... Janitor
Lev Mailer
Synopsis:
Noah Bain runs with the ball when Mundy is benched by an injury. In
Eastern Europe, Al coaches his boss in the intricacies of security
breaching, lock picking and sweet talking a lady scientist. [RF]

1.13 It Takes A Thief:
THE RADOMIR MINIATURE
09Apr1968 ABC Tue (rerun 09Jul68)
Produced by Winston Miller
Directed by Michael Caffey
Written by Stephen Kandel
Director of photography Enzo A. Martinelli
Guest cast:
Ina Balin ............ Captain Dina Carlo "Fist"
Richard Van Vleet .... Janos
Than Wyenn ........... Major Lukovits
Eve Plumb ............ Maritsa
Dick Balduzzi ........ Officer
Jill Donohue ......... Anja
Gail Bonney .......... Matron
Allen Joseph ......... Clerk
George Perina ........ 1st Guard
George Sawaya ........ 2nd Guard
Synopsis:
Mundy goes into hostile Bulgaria to rescue the child of a scientist who
defected. The secret police prove only slightly more challenging than
his dealings with an enthusiastic underground group. [RF]

1.14 It Takes A Thief:
LOCKED IN THE CRADLE OF THE KEEP
16Apr1968 ABC Tue (rerun 16Jul68)
Directed by Leonard Horn
Written by Dick Nelson
Director of photography Andrew Jackson
Guest cast:
Celeste Yarnall ...... Commissar Malenska
Joseph Bernard ....... Boris
Marti Stevens ........ Ilsa
Philip Chapin ........ Georg
Walter Janovitz ...... 1st Guard
Murray Kamelhar ...... 2nd Guard
Don Lucas ............ 1st Reporter
Robert Rudelson ...... 2nd Reporter
Synopsis:
Mundy risks his neck to fake defection into a People’s Republic, only
to find that his contact is dead, and that no one has any idea of what
he’s supposed to steal. One clue: ’It’ is in the maximum-security
dungeon of the state museum. [RF]

1.15 It Takes A Thief:
A MATTER OF ROYAL LARCENY
23Apr1968 ABC Tue
Directed by Michael Caffey
Written by Tony Barrett
Guest cast:
Lynda Day George ..... Samantha Sutton
Ben Murphy ........... King Pineau
Lawrence Dane ........ Captain Van Zandt
Alan Caillou ......... Janos Kowalski
J. Pat O'Malley ...... Thoreau
Don Knight ........... Bertie Turner
Brenda Benet ......... Nicole
Henry Wilcoxon ....... Prime Minister Garth
Roz Hill ............. Patti
The Great John L...... Tattooed Man
Ron Gans ............. Sentry
Gregg Martell ........ Bartender
Synopsis:
At a royal bash, an American beer heiress, who is "kooky," "a ding-a-ling"
and "stoned" shoplifts "The Royal Orb" of San Marco. Al must place it back
in the tower before an international incident happens. A factor unknown to
Al is that the orb contains unstable plastic explosives, timed to killed the
new king during his coronation. 

1.16 It Takes A Thief:
THE LAY OF THE LAND
30Apr1968 ABC Tue
Directed by Don Weis
Written by Richard Collins & Alvin R. Friedman
Story by Richard Collins
Guest cast:
Hermione Gingold ..... Duchess of Lambrose
Cathy Lee Crosby ..... Susan
Stuart Margolin ...... Count Dimitri Stavro
Larry D. Mann ........ Dedier
Helen Funai .......... Lori Chan
John Sebastian ....... Schreiber
Sheila Larken ........ Z.Z.
William Traylor ...... Milo
Jerry Summers ........ Andre
Chuck Courtney ....... Henchman
Synopsis:
Al must borrow the unpublished memoirs of a Duchess, so they can be
microfilmed and read to confirm there are no incriminating secrets contained
within that may jeopardize the security of the western world.  

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