Mundy was a cat burglar and professional thief who had style, class, and a great
talent. He made only one mistake getting caught.
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.
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. Als father was the retired thief from whom he had
learned all his skills and who occasionally teamed with his son on special jobs.