Show Type: International Intrigue

First Telecast: January 9, 1968

Last Telecast: September 14, 1970

Broadcast History:

January 1968 – August 1969, Tuesday 8:30-9:30 on ABC

August 1969 – January 1970, Thursday 10:00-11:00 on ABC

January 1970 – September 1970, Monday 7:30-8:30 on ABC



Alexander Mundy..... Robert Wagner

Noah Bain (1968-1969)..... Malachi Throne

Wallie Powers (1969-1970)..... Edward Binns

Alister Mundy (1969-1970)..... Fred Astaire


Alexander Mundy was a cat burglar and professional thief who had style, class, and a great talent. He made only one mistake – getting caught.

While serving a sentence in San Jobel Prison, he was contacted by representatives of the U.S. Government spy agency, the SIA. They offered to get him out if he would put his talents to work stealing for the government. Accepting the offer, he worked closely with an SIA department head, Noah Bain, who was his boss, aide, associate, friend and watchdog.

Filmed throughout Europe, It Takes A Thief saw Al Mundy on various assignments as a master thief for the SIA, romancing beautiful women, and generally being his relaxed, handsome self.

At the start of the 1969-1970 season, there were a few changes. Whereas previously Mundy had been under house confinement when not on an assignment, he was now a free agent. His SIA contact had become Wallie Powers, and his father, played by Fred Astaire, became a semi-regular. Al’s father was the retired thief from whom he had learned all his skills and who occasionally teamed with his son on special jobs.