It Takes a Thief

Season 3 Episode 24

Project "X"

Aired Tuesday 8:30 PM Mar 23, 1970 on ABC
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Al must protect Professor Moses, a nuclear scientist, and his documents, during a special flight with only eight passengers, to Melbourne, where an important conference will be held with five of the world's top scientists. However, when the in-flight film starts, "The Man" in the film, puts all five scientists on trial for murder, for their country's crimes against the Earth, finds them guilty, and sentences them all to die. As the film describes the crimes of each scientist, each scientist dies every hour, on the hour, one by one. Al finally figures out that everyone on the flight has been poisoned with time capsules, and that the deaths are being triggered by sound waves from a control device that is somewhere on the plane. The problem is that Al has only five minutes left to find this device and disarm it, before it triggers the poison in his system!moreless

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  • Who-dun-it on an airplane carrying dignitaries from the superpowers of the world.One of the passengers is the murderer responsible for the airplane's anti-pollution movie and the murder of a different dignitary each hour.moreless

    Normally the last episode of a series is a rehashed trite leftover idea,speedily written and half baked.Not the case with this gem.Totally original script.Very topical for the times.1970 was the beginning of the ecology movement.The writer weaves a neat murder who-dun-it around a story exposing man's total disregard for conserving Earth's resources and pollution.Definitely one of the Top 5 episodes of "Thief".Diminutive,brainy,squeeky-voiced(Underdog)Wally Cox is great as Al's unlikely sidekick in this caper and the banter between the two is witty.Cox was in both the first and last episodes of "Thief".Tina Sinatra is in this episode too.Definitely the prettiest of Frank's offspring.None of Robert Wagner's subsequent TV efforts measured up to the quality and style of this series.moreless
  • While the show takes from the movie Ten Little Indians. The real theme of this show is the negative enviroment impact us humans are creating in this world.

    Some of the most powerful and important scientist are on board this plane heading to a very important meeting. But the unknown killer

    systematicly every hour on the hour murders one of the scientist(passenger). Before they die - a short movie is played showing scenes of global enviromental destruction that is blamed on the soon to be murdered scientist. This is a great show because it tells the truth of what is really happening to our planet earth. Back in the late sixties and early seventies "save our planet" was a major movement, but one that was associated with dirty long hair high freaks. This show showed a different breed of America could bring up the subject - destroying of the enviroment - and sending the message in an entertaining way.moreless
Lloyd Bochner

Lloyd Bochner

Dr. George Kingsford

Guest Star

Christina Sinatra

Christina Sinatra

Ellen Porter

Guest Star

Katherine Woodville

Katherine Woodville

Laurie MacGwire

Guest Star

Edward Binns

Edward Binns


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