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ALEXANDER MUNDY

Full Name: Alexander Mundy
Series Name: It Takes A Thief
Nationality: American
Organization: SIA
Occupation: Agent

Creator:Roland Kibbee
Actual Time Span: 1968-1970
ABOUT THE SERIES

       Alexander Mundy is a thief.
       To call him just a thief, though, is like calling Michaelangelo a good artist. Just as the latter was a genius in several different disciplines, so too is Mundy a maestro at various forms of larceny. He has hands that can take a bracelet off the most delicate wrist, ears that can hear silent tumblers fall into place, eyes that spot all the weak spots while casing a target, a brain that can change a scheme in mid play. He also has the audacity to use them all whenever and however he chooses and he has chosen enough times to keep in luxury for many years. At least he did before the Fall.
       Mundy comes about his larcinous nature 'honestly'. He was taught by his father, a man described by Mundy as 'the greatest thief who ever was' and there is a lot more than just filial pride. He was good enough that most of the people who fell prey to his skills never knew who had hit them, they just knew very valuable trinkets and wall decorations were no longer where they once were and there was no clue left behind. He was so incredibly good that the nickname of 'the Panther' was pinned on his exploits to be able to give the semblance of an identity.
       The profits of this lucrative albeit illegal lifestyle was enough to afford the very best of anything and that extended to the finest schools in Europe for his son. The young Mundy was smart enough to recognize the opportunities presenting themselves and at these schools he studied hard and learned a great deal - usually absorbing a wide assortment of knowledge he was planning to use in his own life of crime.
       When the official educations came to an end, Mundy went out into the world to make his own way. There was no animosity between the two - they just knew that each man was a loner. Just as the Panther hunted by himself, so did the younger Mundy go off for his own catches. And they were many and they were profitable and Alexander Mundy lived a life and earned a reputation that made his father proud and himself very content. At least until the Fall.
       As the series begins, Mundy is in his late 30's. He is described as "extremely handsome with a planed, regular featured face, light brown hair and cool blue eyes that seemed to question everything in sight." In another passage he is said to be "a leashed dynamo". He is very much a ladies man and good enough at it that the women from his past remember him with smiles and sighs. He goes the same places the jetsetters haunt not only because he enjoys that way of life but also because that is where the treasures are.
       At least he did until the Fall. This term devised just for this refers to the time when two New York City detectives, tired of the way Mundy was getting away each time, came up with a sting operation to trap the daring thief. While some say that they framed him, Mundy himself talked about how Noah Bain and his younger protege Wally Powers has played him beautifully and when he walked into the snare, he was truly trapped. His sentence was 1-10 years at San Jubal prison.
       Mundy was not about to stay behind bars for the full sentence. He was cultivating the guards and other visitors and coming up with his own plan for release. The first was actually underway when his former nemesis, Noah Bain, came to call.
       That middle-aged slightly plump cop had traded in his badge for a cloak and a dagger with the premiere American intelligence organization, the SIA. The man had watched several different missions go bad because the agents under his control, good and trained as they were at spycraft, often needed other skill sets. They might learn the basics of second-story work but they were not acrobats. They could study safes and locks but they did not have years of experience with them. Bain realized that sometimes what was needed was not a spy but a thief. He took his thoughts to his superiors and told them about an excellent thief that might be open to a deal.
       The deal, or extortion, depending on one's viewpoint, was simple. In exchange for a conditional parole into the custody of Bain, Mundy would work for them. In Bain's words, "Oh, look, Al. I'm not asking you to spy. I'm asking you to steal."

BOOKS

Number of Books:3
First Appearance:1969
Last Appearance:1970

       As was very common in the 60s and 70s, if a television show looked at all like it might be successful, writers were hired to pen books at tie-ins to the show, ready to hit the shelves to further marketing. It Take A Thief was no exception.
       The author, Gil Brewer, should be congratulated for doing two things in his three-book series. He was able to create interesting adventures worth reading and enjoying and he was able to capture the fun of the television series. The books flow quickly and easily with the same panache as the Wagner programs and are a fun read. The books suffer, as most tie-ins do, in that he could take no liberties with the intellectual property but he could still make an enjoyable tale and for the most part, he did.

1 The Devil In Davos The Devil In Davos      written by Gil Brewer     copyright 1969
Information concerning a U.S. operation behind the Iron Curtain has been put onto microfilm and is set to be smuggled to the Eastern Bloc out of a resort in Switzerland unless Al can find the culprits and retrieve the dot.

2 Mediterranean Caper Mediterranean Caper      written by Gil Brewer     copyright 1969
When a Russian scientist working on their ABM program is killed trying to defect, his daughter is captured pending return to the USSR. It is Mundy's job to get her away from her captors as her photographic memory has captured all his research.

3 Appointment In Cairo Appointment In Cairo      written by Gil Brewer     copyright 1970
An ancient Egyptian formula promises a deadly virus to the country that owns it and the U.S., USSR, and Red China are all after it. Hidden in a statuette in a museum, it is the task of Al to break in, find the right statuette, and get the formula out. To help, he has the assistance of his retired father.

MOVIES

Number of Movies:1
First Appearance:1968
Last Appearance:1968

       Having just made the pilot episode for a new series on ABC, the producers took the 90-minute (with commercials), put back in previously cut footage to extend the complete package to around 98 minutes, and released it for the international market. Considering that the film had handsome Robert Wagner and beautiful Senta Berger in it, they figured it would be a good money-making move. Throw in some cameos by other American television stars like Raymond Burr, Doug McClure, and James Drury and it seemed a safe bet.

1. Magnificent Thief Magnificent Thief (1968)   Director: Leslie Stevens   Writer: Roland Kibbee, Leslie Stevens
  Starring: Robert Wagner as Alexander Mundy, Malachi Throne as Noah Bain, Senta Berger as Claire Vickers
Al Mundy is paroled from San Jubal prison to help the SIA recover documents that at least one agent has already died trying to steal.

TELEVISION

Number of Episodes:66
First Appearance:1968
Last Appearance:1970
Network:ABC

REGULAR CAST
Robert WagnerAl Mundy [ 1-3 ]
Malachi ThroneNoah Bain [ 1-2 ]
Edward BinnsWally Powers [ 3 ]

       Start with the idea that it takes a thief to catch a thief, best used a decade earlier in the terrific Moroccan caper starring Cary Grant, add in a young, handsome actor with the same flair as the dashing Grant, and throw in many exotic international locations. You end up with a show that was fairly popular and still retains a cult following.
       In 1968 as a January replacement, ABC began showing the new spy drama It Takes A Thief which brought a veteran film actor to the small screen. Robert Wagner, born in 1930 in Detroit, had already been a successful movie actor since the early 50's when he played the title role in Prince Valiant. Now at 38 but still possessing incredibly good looks, he was tasked with playing a Cary Grant-style role.
       The premise was simple. The world's best cat burglar, sought by many police forces around the world, Alexander Mundy was beyond capture. He was simply too good. Then he was framed by the American intelligence agency, the SIA, and one of its department heads, Noah Bain. To get out of prison, Mundy had to agree to work for the SIA in those instances where a thief was more qualified than a normal agent.
       For the first year, Mundy was under 'house arrest' and could leave only when approved by Bain. That meant only when there was an assignment. In the next year, apparently having earned more trust, Mundy was given considerable more freedom of movement and Bain was out of the picture. His new semi-handler, temporarily at least, was Wally Powers but he was not around in that many missions. In the third and final season, the orders came from the strange 'Mr. Jack' who was obviously the head of the entire SIA.
       It was probably a lack of cohesiveness to the plots that drove the ratings down during the last season and killed the series. Nevertheless, the shows were very enjoyable and still hold their own when viewed 30+ years later.
       Altogether, there were 66 episodes of It Takes A Thief running from January, 1968 to March, 1970.
       Suave, sophisticated, good looking, intelligent, and highly adventurous. Those were the main points to describe Alexander Mundy. What more did a thief-cum-spy need to succeed.
       How about Fred Astaire? In the last two seasons, the role of Alistair Mundy, father and mentor to Al Mundy was played in 4 extremely entertaining episodes by that epitome of class. If you get a chance to watch them, do so.

1   A Thief is a Thief is a Thief        Episode 1-01,   first aired 9 January 1968        
Director: Leslie Stevens        Writer: Roland Kibbee, Leslie Stevens
Guest Stars:  Senta Berger as Claire Vickers, John Saxon as Dead Man, Susan Saint James as Anne Edwards, Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson as Concierge, Raymond Burr as S.I.A. Bureau Chief

Al Mundy is paroled from prison by Noah Bain, the detective who caught him, now a member of the SIA, to steal for them.

2   It Takes One to Know One        Episode 1-02,   first aired 16 January 1968        
Director: Leslie Stevens        Writer: Roland Kibbee, Leslie Stevens
Guest Stars:  Peter Mark Richman as Anton Vich, Susan Saint James as Charlene 'Charlie' Brown, Alfred Ryder as Hunza Schroeder, Len Birman as Prince Cesare di Montefiore, Renzo Cesana as Count Eduard de Corvo

To force a small Mediterranean country to close its casino, its main source of revenue, the Soviets are planning to steal the crown jewels.

3   When Boy Meets Girl        Episode 1-03,   first aired 30 January 1968        
Director: Don Weis        Writer: Dean Hargrove
Guest Stars:  Suzy Parker as Melinda Brooke, Donnelly Rhodes as Harold Norman, David Hurst as Capt. Kovich, Richard LePore as Lt. Verok, Karl Bruck as Airport Director

The lovely defector, Melinda, has vital information that Mundy must get from her but something always seems to get in the way.

4   A Very Warm Reception        Episode 1-04,   first aired 6 February 1968        
Director: Don Weis        Writer: Leslie Stevens
Guest Stars:  Simon Oakland as Col. Savrille, Katherine Crawford as Nancy Ross-White, Gavin MacLeod as Major Kazan, Hagan Beggs as Dr. Avrim, Stanley Waxman as Ambassador Rhodos

A list of enemy spies is being kept in an unfriendly nation's embassy and Mundy must get it even though the facility is on high alert.

5   One Illegal Angel        Episode 1-05,   first aired 13 February 1968        
Director: Leonard Horn        Writer: Stephen Kandel
Guest Stars:  Fernando Lamas as Francisco Arascan, Katherine Woodville as Janet Sanders, Anthony Zerbe as Johnny O'Farrel, Francine York as Miss Amanda Agnew, John Alvin as Dr. Warren

For his next mission, Mundy steals a DaVinci painting and hires someone to fake it.

6   Totally By Design        Episode 1-06,   first aired 20 February 1968        
Director: Michael Caffey        Writer: Dean Hargrove, Alvin Sapinsley
Guest Stars:  Tina Louise as Anna Martine, John Van Dreelen as General Kunay, Mari Blanchard as Madame Gamar, Oscar Beregi Jr. as Shiek Al Hamal, Francine York as Miss Amanda Agnew

The State Department is shipping farming equipment to a country that is then selling it for weapons and Mundy is asked to help stop them.

7   When Thieves Fall In        Episode 1-07,   first aired 27 February 1968        
Director: Don Weis        Writer: Leslie Stevens
Guest Stars:  Susan Saint James as Charlene 'Charlie' Brown, Mario Alcalde as Major Dimitri, Terry Jenkins as Henderson, Ben Wright as Commander Bakst, Ben Astar as Commissar Pavelchenko

Furs have missile diagrams sewn into the lining and are being sold unless Mundy can steal them.

8   A Spot of Trouble        Episode 1-08,   first aired 5 March 1968        
Director: Herschel Daugherty        Writer: Gene L. Coon (story and teleplay), Mort Zarcoff (story)
Guest Stars:  Katherine Crawford as Nancy Ross-White, William Campbell as Pierre Gropius, Cliff Osmond as Kurt Kredo, Joan Patrick as Paula, Barbara Rhoades as Hilda

After several agents fail to find stolen weaponry plans, Mundy is called in and learns the plans are on a microdot.

9   When Good Friends Get Together        Episode 1-09,   first aired 12 March 1968        
Director: Lee H. Katzin        Writer: Dean Hargrove
Guest Stars:  Rosemary Forsyth as Miss Harris, Patrick Adiarte as Crown Prince, James Shigeta as Fong Sing, Robert Ito as Chief Aide, Keye Luke as Dubek

Mundy befriends a young Prince while stopping his uncle from replacing a statue, a national heirloom, with a fake.

10   Birds of a Feather        Episode 1-10,   first aired 19 March 1968        
Director: Don Weis        Writer: Glen A. Larson
Guest Stars:  Tisha Sterling as Madame Trish Marcu, Mark Lenard as Colonel Kessler, Strother Martin as Willard Knox, Taina Elg as Anya Selina, Charles Macaulay as Nicolae Marcu

A spy for America is held in a foreign prison while his captors try to learn where he hid valuable documents. Mundy must get them both out.

11   To Steal a Battleship        Episode 1-11,   first aired 26 March 1968        
Director: Michael Caffey        Writer: Jerry Devine
Guest Stars:  Bill Bixby as George Palmer, Linda Marsh as Irena Damos, Janis Hansen as The Blonde, Maurice Marsac as Mr. Bjornsen, Naomi Stevens as Mrs. Bjornsen

As Mundy tries to recover stolen battleship plans, a rival thief thinks he is after valuable jewelry and wants in on the action.

12   Turnabout        Episode 1-12,   first aired 2 April 1968        
Director: Don Weis        Writer: Gene L. Coon (story and teleplay), Mort Zarcoff (story)
Guest Stars:  Ida Lupino as Dr. Schneider, Steve Ihnat as Col. Gilveney, Shannon Farnon as Elena Ames, Lawrence Montaigne as Lt. Dorganoff, Lev Mailer as Guard

When Mundy is injured as he prepares to break into a Soviet research facility to steal optic lens technology, Noah Bain must take his place with Mundy guiding him.

13   The Radomir Miniature        Episode 1-13,   first aired 9 April 1968        
Director: Michael Caffey        Writer: Stephen Kandel
Guest Stars:  Ina Balin as Dina, Jill Donohue as Anja, Richard Van Vleet as Janos, Than Wyenn as Major Lukovits, Eve Plumb as Maritsa

In Bulgaria, Mundy must find a way to rescue a young daughter of a scientist.

14   Locked in the Cradle of the Keep        Episode 1-14,   first aired 16 April 1968        
Director: Leonard Horn        Writer: Dick Nelson
Guest Stars:  Celeste Yarnall as Ilsa, Marti Stevens as Commissar Malenska, Joseph Bernard as Boris (as Joe Bernard), Philip Chapin as Georg

Mundy must find a way to break into a prison, this time a maximum-security dungeon in a well protected castle.

15   A Matter of Royal Larceny        Episode 1-15,   first aired 23 April 1968        
Director: Michael Caffey        Writer: Tony Barrett
Guest Stars:  Lynda Day George as Samantha Sutton, Henry Wilcoxon as Prime Minister Garth, J. Pat O'Malley as Thoreau, Don Knight as Bertie Turner, Brenda Benet as Nicole

A young, gorgeous royal heiress succombs to an urge to steal, this time taking a golden orb, not knowing it contains a bomb.

16   The Lay of the Land        Episode 1-16,   first aired 30 April 1968        
Director: Don Weis        Writer: Richard Collins (teleplay), Al Friedman (teleplay), Richard Collins (story)
Guest Stars:  Hermione Gingold as Duchess Christina, Sheila Larken as Zizi, Larry D. Mann as Dedier, Stuart Margolin as Dimitri Stavro, Helen Funai as Lori Chan

The Duchess is at an age where kissing and telling is not an issue and she wants to come out with her very spicy memoirs, containing information many want kept quiet.

17   One Night on Soledade        Episode 2-01,   first aired 24 September 1968        
Director: Don Weis        Writer: Alan Caillou
Guest Stars:  Nancy Kovack as Jaimie McQue, Thomas Gomez as Dictator, Madlyn Rhue as Melinda Garcia, Logan Ramsey as Pierre Dushon, Carlos Romero as Andreas

A country's dictator has a son recently die. There is a chance that he was poisoned and the SIA wants to find out the truth so Mundy is sent to steal the body.

18   A Sour Note        Episode 2-02,   first aired 1 October 1968        
Director: Don Weis        Writer: Gene L. Coon (story and teleplay), Mort Zarcoff (story)
Guest Stars:  Suzanne Pleshette as Angela, Harvey Lembeck as Gino, Gino Conforti as Luigi Dimontelli, Bruce Gordon as Tonio Boselli, Martin Kosleck as Schroeder

To get into a high-tech safe to get documents showing if a millionaire is a former Nazi, Mundy must use as his cover an opera singer who gives new meaning to diva.

19   The Bill is in Committee        Episode 2-03,   first aired 8 October 1968        
Director: Don Weis        Writer: Elroy Schwartz
Guest Stars:  Roger C. Carmel as Paz, John Van Dreelen as Valdone, Yvonne Craig as Roxanne, Jocelyn Lane as Michelle, Tom Basham as Hagney

To show a foreign country is bribing a US Congressman, Mundy goes undercover as a magician.

20   The Thingamabob Heist        Episode 2-04,   first aired 15 October 1968        
Director: Jack Arnold        Writer: Burt Styler
Guest Stars:  Ricardo Montalban as ick Grobbo, Sharon Acker as Dr. Edwina Hopkins, Bill Russell as George the Butler, Kay Peters as Countess Georgiana, Noah Keen as Professer Corcoran

Mundy fakes a robbery to get invited to the estate of a man planning to sell an experimental fuel.

21   Get Me to the Revolution on Time        Episode 2-05,   first aired 22 October 1968        
Director: Leonard Horn        Writer: Glen A. Larson, Paul Tuckahoe
Guest Stars:  Ivan Dixon as Gen. Kristoff, Morgan Woodward as Ivor Phillips, Ena Hartman as Jasmin, Wende Wagner as Linda, Robert F. Simon as Vogel

Taking the role of a bartender, Mundy is out to stop a guerilla from overthrowing a small country.

22   The Packager        Episode 2-06,   first aired 29 October 1968        
Director: Leonard Horn        Writer: Leonard Stadd
Guest Stars:  Alex Dreier as Amby Billington, Lee Meredith as Helena, William Smithers as Mr. Aiken, John McCann as Edmund, Lane Bradford as Anderson

To keep a man from revealing Mundy's SIA dealings and thus be sent back to prison, Mundy must steal 50 nuclear fuel capsules.

23   Hans Across the Border ? Part 1        Episode 2-07,   first aired 12 November 1968        
Director: Don Weis        Writer: Glen A. Larson
Guest Stars:  Joseph Cotten as Col. Heinrich, Pamela Austin as Corey Levin, Mario Alcalde as Lieutenant Hardtman, Frank DeKova as Gen. Tashkov, Georg Stanford Brown as Bates

To get documents out of an East German security headquarters office, Mundy must get himself arrested and then break out.

24   Hans Across the Border ? Part 2        Episode 2-08,   first aired 19 November 1968        
Director: Don Weis        Writer: Glen A. Larson
Guest Stars:  Joseph Cotten as Col. Heinrich, Pamela Austin as Corey Levin, Mario Alcalde as Lieutenant Hardtman, Frank DeKova as Gen. Tashkov, Georg Stanford Brown as Bates

To get documents out of an East German security headquarters office, Mundy must get himself arrested and then break out.

25   A Case of Red Turnips        Episode 2-09,   first aired 26 November 1968        
Director: Don Weis        Writer: Mort Zarcoff
Guest Stars:  Noel Harrison as Lester V. Griffin, Amy Thomson as Iris Vander, Sandor Szabo as Malchek, Miko Mayama as Joy Sung, Nate Esformes as Paco

An avant-garde film maker accidentally filmed an SIA operation and Mundy must attend a film festival to still the only copy.

26   The Galloping Skin Game        Episode 2-10,   first aired 3 December 1968        
Director: Michael Caffey        
A fence in Rome is trying to sell a stolen treaty. Mundy must get it back but since he knows the fence, he steals a rare diamond to use as cover.

27   Glass Riddle        Episode 2-11,   first aired 17 December 1968        
Director: George Tyne        Writer: B. W. Sande
Guest Stars:  Marion Marshall as Myrna Lathum, Jason Evers as Aubrey Lathum, Linda Lawson as Jean, Roy Poole as Roper, Paul Langton as Preston Washburne

To get some stock proxies to keep a crime organization from taking over a munitions company, Mundy must break into a vault out in public.

28   To Catch a Roaring Lion        Episode 2-12,   first aired 31 December 1968        
Director: Marc Daniels        Writer: Robert Malcolm Young
Guest Stars:  Brock Peters as Chak, Denise Nicholas as Toosdhi, Khigh Dhiegh as Fu Cheng, George Takei as Wo, Davis Roberts as Bardimhu

Tribal scrolls have been stolen from an African nation and its head of security, an old friend of Mundy, asks him to get them back.

29   Guess Who's Coming to Rio?        Episode 2-13,   first aired 7 January 1969        
Director: Bruce Kessler        Writer: Glen A. Larson
Guest Stars:  Alejandro Rey as Mendoza, Michael Ansara as Sergio, John Russell as William Dover, Dana Wynter as The Contessa del Mundo, Teri Garr as Maggie Philbin

Mundy is on vacation as he goes to Rio with a gorgeous Contessa but his plans are interrupted when he has to find out what is going on with a Russian defector.

30   The Artist Is for Framing        Episode 2-14,   first aired 21 January 1969        
Director: Don Weis        Writer: Glen A. Larson, Martin Roth
Guest Stars:  Paul Henreid as Berman, Gia Scala as Angel, Dennis Patrick as State's Attorney, Patrick Horgan as Vic Torres, Alfred Dennis as Herman Grosse

A police inspector, retiring and wanting to clear up his case files, frames Mundy for four different jewelry thefts.

31   The Naked Billionaire        Episode 2-15,   first aired 28 January 1969        
Director: Norman Foster        Writer: Stephen Kandel
Guest Stars:  Sally Kellerman as Nina Gray, Richard Carlson as Daniel K. Ryder, Peter Mark Richman as Carl Kovacs, Edward Ashley as Parnell Grady, Peter Hobbs as Mr. Cook

Mundy must find a way to photograph a reclusive billionaire who may have been replaced by an imposter.

32   A Matter of Grey Matter ? Part 1        Episode 2-16,   first aired 11 February 1969        
Director: Jack Arnold (1)        Writer: Tony Barrett (story and teleplay), Gene L. Coon (teleplay)
Guest Stars:  Joey Heatherton as Dodie DuBois, Paul Lukas as Von Wolfgang, Don Knight as Bertie, Edward Everett Horton as Lord Pelham-Gifford, Alan Caillou as Whitaker

The richest man in the world is negotiating with unfriendly countries to sell them hi-tech missile technology.

33   A Matter of Grey Matter ? Part 2        Episode 2-17,   first aired 11 February 1969        
Director: Jack Arnold (1)        Writer: Tony Barrett (story and teleplay), Gene L. Coon (teleplay)
Guest Stars:  Joey Heatherton as Dodie DuBois, Paul Lukas as Von Wolfgang, Don Knight as Bertie, Edward Everett Horton as Lord Pelham-Gifford, Alan Caillou as Whitaker

The richest man in the world is negotiating with unfriendly countries to sell them hi-tech missile technology.

34   Catspaw        Episode 2-18,   first aired 18 February 1969        
Director: Jerry Hopper        Writer: Joel Kane (story and teleplay), Glen A. Larson (teleplay)
Guest Stars:  Fernando Lamas as Pepe Rouchet, Sharon Acker as Dr. Edwina Hopkins, Ann Prentiss as Desk Clerk, Lloyd Bochner as Clayton Hewitt, Tom Basham as Anton

Injured while on a mission, Mundy needs the help of the second best thief in the world. That thief has his own plans.

35   Boom at the Top        Episode 2-19,   first aired 25 February 1969        
Director: Paul Stanley        Writer: Glen A. Larson
Guest Stars:  arol Lynley as Michelle, Roddy McDowall as Roger, Will Kuluva as France, Barry Sullivan as Robert Benjamin, Luis Estevez as Himself

A small-time thief has made off with an item that also contains a valuable microdot and Mundy is brought in to retrive it.

36   The Funeral is on Mundy        Episode 2-20,   first aired 11 March 1969        
Director: Allen Reisner        Writer: Stephen Kandel
Guest Stars:  ulie Newmar as Susannah Sutton, John Williams as Col. Waldebrooke, John Orchard as Sergeant-Major, Reggie Nalder as Goldman, Clarke Gordon as Dealer

A contract is out on Mundy and a skilled assassin and his lady are closing in as Mundy is in London to break into MI5.

37   The Baranoff Time Table        Episode 2-21,   first aired 18 March 1969        
Director: Michael O'Herlihy        Writer: Carey Wilber, Mort Zarcoff
Guest Stars:  Jessica Walter as Lori Brooks, Ray Danton as Secretary Raymon Ortega, Nico Minardos as Lieutenant Diego, Larry D. Mann as Achille Morales, Renzo Cesana as President Gutierrez

To get his hands on the plans for communist takeovers in South America, Mundy goes to Costa de Oro pretending to be the fiancee of a jet setter.

38   Rock-Bye, Bye, Baby        Episode 2-22,   first aired 25 March 1969        
Director: Seymour Robbie        Writer: Mort Zarcoff
Guest Stars:  Edmond O'Brien as Rocky McCauley, Gavin MacLeod as Seymour, Melodie Johnson as Sherri, Harold J. Stone as Manny Grayson, Sterling Holloway as Elmo

An old-style safe is proving to be too much for Mundy who needs to get the info on a crime syndicate it holds so he heads to San Francisco to get a retired thief to help.

39   The Family        Episode 2-23,   first aired 1 April 1969        
Director: Joseph Sargent        Writer: David P. Harmon, K.C. Alison
Guest Stars:  Geraldine Brooks as Andrea Lockridge, Gordon Pinsent as Gerald Lockridge, Carla Borelli as Laura Cannon, Cyril Delevanti as John B. Cannon, Cindy Eilbacher as Charlotte Cannon

A billionaire is a total recluse, seeing no one. He must be told that a relative is illegally shipping oil to the Soviet Union so Mundy is told to break into his mansion.

40   38-23-36        Episode 2-24,   first aired 8 April 1969        
Director: Anton Leader        Writer: Elroy Schwartz
Guest Stars:  Nancy Kovack as Penny Colbert, Curt Lowens as Kurt Kosbec, Charles Dierkop as Radko, Tanya Lemani as Mercedes Crios, Ann Morell as Rosette

Beauty pageant contestants get a tour of the Pentagon and a top secret document disappears. The only clue a dying agent leaves behind is '38-23-36'.

41   The Great Chess Gambit        Episode 2-25,   first aired 15 April 1969        
Director: Jeannot Szwarc        Writer: Glen A. Larson, Bruce Belland
Guest Stars:  Nehemiah Persoff as Harry Lavender, Greg Mullavey as Georgie, Stuart Margolin as Sagalis, Ben Cooper as Captain Maxwell, Peter Coe as Kurt

A US plane carrying nuclear bombs crashes. The weapons are retrieved by the black box controlling them is missing.

42   Mad in Japan        Episode 2-26,   first aired 22 April 1969        
Director: George Tyne        Writer: Mort Zarcoff
Guest Stars:  Alex Dreier as Charlie Catlett, Sharon Acker as Dr. Edwina Hopkins, Benson Fong as Dr. Takida, Nobu McCarthy as Kim, Yuki Shimoda as Togas

Mundy heads to Japan with a lovely scientist to find a prototype of a hand-held laser gun which other agents have disappeared while seeking.

43   Saturday Night in Venice        Episode 3-01,   first aired 25 September 1969        
Director: Jack Arnold        Writer: Stephen Kandel
Guest Stars:  Delia Boccardo as Lita, John Russell as William Dover, Severn Darden as Nikolai Palenkin, John Stacy as Doctor, Jack Betts as Garrison

A female Soviet agent poisons Mundy and gives him 48 hours to return an item he stole from her and get the antidote.

44   Who'll Bid Two Million Dollars?        Episode 3-02,   first aired 2 October 1969        
Director: Jeannot Szwarc        Writer: Robert I. Holt
Guest Stars:  Peter Sellers as Man in Harbor Records Office, Paola Pitagora as Jeanette Martine / George, Jacques Herlin as The Frenchman, Nicoletta Machiavelli as Varina, Nike Arrighi as Duchess

Mundy is on the Riviera where he is mistaken for a legendary spy, someone others want dead.

45   The Beautiful People        Episode 3-03,   first aired 9 October 1969        
Director: Jeannot Szwarc        Writer: Glen A Larson
Guest Stars:  John Van Dreelen as General Alekseiko, Teri Garr as Maggie Philbin, Ann Smyrner as Lonnie Trevor, Michel Bardinet as Dumont, Fielding Greaves as Kurt

On the Isle of Capri, Mundy is asked to help a Russian general defect to the West but the man to help him is replaced by an impostor.

46   The Great Casino Caper        Episode 3-04,   first aired 16 October 1969        
Director: Jack Arnold        Writer: Glen A. Larson
Guest Stars:  Fred Astaire as listair Mundy, Adolfo Celi as ric Redman, Francesco Mul? as Funello, G?rard Herter as Plummit, Fran?oise Pr?vost as The Marquessa

Told to rob a casino which is passing counterfeit money, Mundy knows he need help and the best man for the job is his father, Alistair.

47   Flowers from Alexander        Episode 3-05,   first aired 23 October 1969        
Director: Bruce Kessler        Writer: Glen A. Larson
Guest Stars:  Senta Berger as Laurie James / Claire Vickers, Nigel Patrick as Charles, Frank Latimore as Peter Sykes, Tony Young as Ramsey, Venantino Venantini as Nicholas

While on a fishing trip, Mundy comes across an old female friend who is being sought by the SIA and who wants to sneak back into Rome.

48   The Blue, Blue Danube        Episode 3-06,   first aired 30 October 1969        
Director: Bruce Kessler        Writer: Oscar Brodney
Guest Stars:  Liliane Montevecchi as Madame Tanya Varhos, Martine Beswick as Maria, John Russell as William Dover, S?ndor Szab? as Franz Varhos, Oscar Beregi Jr. as Kerenko

If Mundy cannot find a way to bring an SIA executive out of a coma and get him back to the States, the SIA will be forced to kill the stricken man.

49   The Three Virgins of Rome        Episode 3-07,   first aired 6 November 1969        
Director: Jack Arnold        Writer: Glen A. Larson
Guest Stars:  Fred Astaire as listair Mundy / The Panther, Edmund Purdom as Ferdie, Karin Dor as Angela, Victor Buono as Mr. Kent, Massimo Serato as Inspector Sabatini

Mundy is sent to Rome to provide protection for three Raphael paintings, being shown in one place for the first time in 100 years.

50   Payoff in the Piazza        Episode 3-08,   first aired 13 November 1969        
Director: Gerd Oswald        Writer: Oscar Brodney
Guest Stars:  David Opatoshu as General Feng, Rudy Solari as Joe Manetti / Alberto Rienze, Carla Borelli as Queen Consort, John Russell as William Dover, Susan Saint James as Charlene 'Charlie' Brown

A leader of a small country has been murdered and his wife is being blames. Mundy must get her from Milan to Switzerland before the new leader, the real killer, can demand her return.

51   The King of Thieves        Episode 3-09,   first aired 20 November 1969        
Director: Bruce Kessler        Writer: Glen A. Larson
Guest Stars:  Martha Hyer as Rhoda Michaels, Lionel Stander as Max, Lex Barker as Kurt 'Matt' Matson, Marino Mas? as Collie, Tony Young as Ramsey

A Senator's daughter, while on a date in Rome with Al, is kidnapped and Al is knocked out, later having fuzzy memories of the event.

52   A Friend in Deed        Episode 3-10,   first aired 27 November 1969        
Director: Bruce Kessler        Writer: B. W. Sandefu
Guest Stars:  Henry Silva as Peter Vale, Frankie Avalon as Guido Cartarenzi, Thomas Gomez as Bottirelli, John Russell as William Dover, John Myhers as Pablo

A 'friend' names Mundy as the real thief of a file containing the names of a feared Brotherhood, convinced that Mundy will find a way to survive.

53   The Second Time Around        Episode 3-11,   first aired 4 December 1969        
Director: Gerd Oswald        Writer: Glen A. Larson
Guest Stars:  Fred Astaire as listair Mundy, Adolfo Celi as Eric 'The Red' Redman, Alice Ghostley as Miss Prillo, Bill Fletcher as Helmuth, Martin Kosleck as Zeitman

The Mundy's are the target of a Soviet hit squad, seeking revenge for their having destroyed a counterfeiting scheme some time before.

54   The Old Who Came in from the Spy        Episode 3-12,   first aired 11 December 1969        
Director: Gerd Oswald        Writer: Sy Salkowitz (story and teleplay), Jeannot Szwarc (story)
Guest Stars:  Elsa Lanchester as Miss Mollie Taylor, Francis Lederer as Hoffman, Richard Haydn as Blanton, Bernard Fox as Miles, Curt Lowens as Hans

Somewhere in an East German museum is a microdot that was hidden by a dying agent. British Intelligence asks Mundy's help in finding it.

55   To Lure a Man        Episode 3-13,   first aired 18 December 1969        
Director: Barry Shear        Writer: Sy Salkowitz
Guest Stars:  Wilfrid Hyde-White as Technikov, Tina Sinatra as Ellen Peters, Joseph Cotten as Mr. Jack, George Murdock as red Devon, Peter Brocco as Franz Stanus

When a spy threatens to harm his date, Mundy agrees to lure the SIA's Mr. Jack to his apartment for a trap.

56   The Scorpio Drop        Episode 3-14,   first aired 25 December 1969        
Director: Robert Gist        Writer: William Bast
Guest Stars:  ale Sondergaard as Madame Olga Millard, Eduard Franz as Mr. Johnson, Brenda Benet as Angela Peters, Sandy Brown Wyeth as Miranda Fisk, Mary Charlotte Wilcox as Joyce Atkins

The way to infiltrate a group to locate a microdot is for Mundy to impersonate an astrologer.

57   Nice Girls Marry Stock Brokers        Episode 3-15,   first aired 15 January 1970        
Director: Barry Shear        Writer: Byron Twiggs (story), Norman Hudis (teleplay)
Guest Stars:  Michele Carey as Sharon Foster, Geoffrey Holder as Paul Trion, George Murdock as red Devon, Paul Stewart as Burkhardt, Michele Montau as Michelle DeBeck

Mundy is flying into Paris to meet an undercover female agent at the airport but a different woman shows up.

58   The Steal-Driving Man        Episode 3-16,   first aired 19 January 1970        
Director: Glen A. Larson        Writer: Glen A. Larson
Guest Stars:  Dick Smothers as P.K. Rhodes, Felicia Farr as Corey Laughton, Mario Andretti as Himself, Fernando Lamas as Paolo Monteggo, Greg Mullavey as Jackie Taylor

To get his hands on an item in an unfriendly country, Mundy must get invited to take part in a Formula One race and to do that he must be trained by one of the best.

59   Touch of Magic        Episode 3-17,   first aired 26 January 1970        
Director: Gerd Oswald        Writer: Oscar Brodney
Guest Stars:  Bette Davis as Bessie Grindel, Maurice Marsac as Carlo Rubano, Douglas Henderson as Doctor Hallon, Lyn Peters as Se?ora Rubano, Francine Pyne as Estelle

Hearing that the best female jewel thief ever is destitute and greatly depressed, Mundy appeals to her to help in a caper.

60   Fortune City        Episode 3-18,   first aired 2 February 1970        
Director: Barry Shear        Writer: Sy Salkowitz
Guest Stars:  Stefanie Powers as Mona, Timothy Carey as Art, Broderick Crawford as Harvey Galishaw, Peter Bromilow as Frederick

On a drive from Vegas to LA, Mundy and a friend, Mona, are in a minor accident but Mundy is knocked out and when he comes to, Mona is vanished and the only witness says Mundy had been alone.

61   Situation Red        Episode 3-19,   first aired 2 February 1970        
Director: Joseph Sargent        Writer: Glen A. Larson
Guest Stars:  Earl Holliman as Major Arlin McCoy, Barry Sullivan as Gen. Wiley, G.D. Spradlin as Col. Collins, George Murdock as red Devon, Michael Walker as Dawson

Having a bad reaction to prescription medicine, the head of security of a bomber command center goes paranoid and shuts the place down. Mundy must break in and bring him out.

62   To Sing a Song of Murder        Episode 3-20,   first aired 23 February 1970        
Director: Barry Shear        Writer: Norman Hudis
Guest Stars:  Marilyn McCoo as Marilyn Lee, Billy Davis Jr. as Billy, Florence LaRue as Florence, LaMonte McLemore as LaMonte, Marc Gordon as Marc

Marilyn is ordered to add three specific notes to one of her songs. Mundy agrees to help her

63   The Suzie Simone Caper        Episode 3-21,   first aired 2 March 1970        
Director: Don Taylor        Writer: William Bast, Oscar Brodney
Guest Stars:  Susan Saint James as Charlene 'Charlie' Brown, Jane Weintraub as Suzie 'Martine' Simone, Murray Matheson as Harry Fulham, Berry Kroeger as Kraus, Celia Lovsky as Mother Superior

On the back of a Matisse painting is a list of former Nazi war criminals. One person has already been killed for it and Mundy is told to try his hand at it.

64   An Evening with Alistair Mundy        Episode 3-22,   first aired 9 March 1970        
Director: Jack Arnold        Writer: Glen A. Larson
Guest Stars:  Fred Astaire as listair Mundy, Francesco Mul? as Funello, Gavin MacLeod as General Contell, Richard Angarola as King Armand Madeira, Logan Ramsey as Krebbs

Mundy is a tad confused when his father tells him that the two of them, along with a third, are going to buy a travelling circus.

65   Beyond a Treasonable Doubt        Episode 3-23,   first aired 16 March 1970        
Director: Barry Shear        Writer: Norman Hudis
Guest Stars:  Joseph Cotten as Mr. Jack, Ahna Capri as Marcia Narden, Cesar Romero as Mike, George Murdock as red Devon, Whit Bissell as James Jenkins

Without warning, Mundy is taken by gunpoint to Mr. Jack where he is accused of treason. The evidence is pretty strong, forcing Mundy to escape to get proof of his innocense.

66   Project X        Episode 3-24,   first aired 24 March 1970        
Director: Jack Arnold        Writer: Glen A. Larson
Guest Stars:  Lloyd Bochner as Dr. George Kingsford, Tina Sinatra as Ellen Porter, Katherine Woodville as Laurie MacGuire, Wally Cox as Professor Moses, Keye Luke as Dr. Tanu Woo

On a plane heading to a conference in Melbourne, a mad scientist begins to kill fellow scientists and the man Mundy is supposed to protect is on the list.

MY COMMENTS

       I was a huge fan of the television series. Al Mundy was so very cool with the ladies and with the stealing, so smooth with the schmoozing, and had the greatest hair. When they brought in the incomparable Fred Astaire to play his father on, regrettably only, four episodes, the chemistry was awesome. As a teenage boy, I loved it.
       The plots were standard television for the time. Bad guys always had signs pointing them out. There were few good guys in the picture except for Mundy. The women were all drop-dead gorgeous and usually determined to not fall victim to his charm but doing so anyways. I enjoyed them a great deal. Five decades later, I watch them again and recognize their shortcomings and still do not care. Al Mundy was awesome. And he had the greatest crooked grin that told the world, watch out!
       Oh, to be Al Mundy!

       Don't read the books if you are expected incredible spycraft, but that really goes without saying. Read the books for just the fun of it. And watch the episodes again if nothing else but to watch Robert Wagner, the epitome of cool, play Al Mundy, the epitome of cool. And do some spying-stealing along the way.

GRADE

My Grade:   C+

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