It Takes a Thief - Season 1

ABC (ended 1970)




Episode Guide

  • The Lay of the Land
    Episode 16
    Noah wants Al to borrow the unpublished memoirs of The Duchess of Lambrose, so they can be microfilmed, and then returned, without her knowing. The Duchess was one of the most sought after women of her time, and her memoirs deal with the most important men in Europe and America of the past forty years; kings, prime ministers, generals and dictators. The memoirs could prove embarrassing to the west, as some of her admirers were important American diplomats. Noah wants the microfilm in order to read the memoirs before they are published, and find out just what the diplomats whispered into her ear. The S.I.A. wants to make sure that there are no incriminating secrets in the memoirs that may jeopardize the security of the western world. The memoirs are to be published after the duchess' death, but Noah suspects that the enemies of the U.S., who want them published now, will try to accelerate the publishing date, by "knocking her off!"moreless
  • 4/23/68
    At a royal bash, Samantha Sutton, an American beer heiress, the third wealthiest gal in the world, who's kooky and a ding-a-ling, got a little stoned and shoplifted "The Royal Orb" of San Marco. Noah wants Al to place it back in the Royal Tower room before an international incident occurs. In a plot by the Prime Minister to take over the country, Garth had C3, an unstable plastic explosive, placed inside the orb and it is timed to explode and kill the new king during his coronation ceremony. Al figures this out and has to get to the coronation before the bomb goes off!moreless
  • 4/16/68
    Al meets Boris in an alley to make a "swap", information for money, as part of a plan by the S.I.A. to establish Al's cover as a defector and traitor. Noah pulls up in a car, start's shooting, and yells at Al that "No agent goes double on me and lives to enjoy it". Al then flies to an Eastern block country and makes contact with the "underground". Al learns from Ilsa, a member of the underground posing as his girlfriend, that his contact, Professor Gorokhov, was killed the night before. The underground does not know what Al has to steal, only where it is, and whatever it is, once revealed, will cause a great upheaval in most of the Iron Curtain governments. Ilsa takes Al to the State Museum and tells him that whatever he has to steal is in there. As to where in the museum it could be, all Ilsa can tell Al is what the professor's last words were as she got to him before he died, he said, "The keep, the crib in the keep..."moreless
  • 4/9/68
    Al goes into Bulgaria, a Soviet block country, to retrieve a small girl. She is the daughter of Miko Radomir, one of the top three molecular biologists in the world, whose currently across the border in Turkey. The Soviets are holding his daughter and give Radomir 48 hours to return to Bulgaria or he will never see her again. Al has to get the girl out before the deadline.moreless
  • Turnabout
    Episode 12
    Al must recover a unique lens that connected to a laser beam will cause all sorts of destruction. The only problem, Al's just broken his leg so he convinces Noah to pull the job off with his help.
  • 3/26/68

    Al must retrieve NATO defense documents hidden in a safe somewhere in the large villa of Mr. Bjornsen, a V.I.P. who's socially and diplomatically well-connected, and who plans to sell them to the wrong people. The problem is, George, an old "colleague" of Al's, wants to steal the Bjornsen Necklace and he is getting in Al's way, so Al has to do the job and take care of George, all at the same time.

  • Birds of a Feather
    Episode 10
    An agent has been captured and imprisoned and Al must recover a copy of the Miloslav document hidden in his hollow tooth. Al gets to the agent in prison only to find out that he hid the microfilm in Madame Marku's ring. Al must go back to Washington and break into an embassy to get the ring, so he enlists the aid of "special" partner, a carrier pigeon, to finish the job.moreless
  • 3/12/68
    Al poses as a State Department official to find out how Fong Sing, uncle of the Crown Prince, plans to discredit the United States. Meanwhile, Al passes the time gambling with the prince, and teaches him the finer points of losing. Al discovers that Fong Sing has switched the idol that represents the prince's power with a fake, and plans to blame the U.S. for its theft, so Al must switch the fake back for the original, without his knowing.moreless
  • A Spot of Trouble
    Episode 8
    The plans for a portable weapon have been stolen and have been reduced to the size of a microdot by Pierre Gropius, a fashion photographer who moonlights as a courier. An agent has already been killed trying to recover the microdot. Noah sends Al to the El Rondo Key Hotel, as Miles Blairsdon, a cattle baron and oil millionaire, as his cover. This is where the fashion shoot is taking place, and where Pierre is Al's target for recovering the microdot, which can be hidden anywhere!moreless
  • 2/27/68
    Al is sent in to retrieve the Kavka Sable, a coat that contains a map of all the I.C.B.M. sites in Siberia, which is to be used in a plot by the Soviets to discredit the UK and Baltic States. Al recruits Charlie to help him pull off the job.
  • Totally By Design
    Episode 6
    Al is sent to steal a passbook for a Swiss bank account from the dictator of a small Persian Gulf country to prevent him from using the money in the account to buy weapons.
  • One Illegal Angel
    Episode 5
    Al steals "The Sorrowing Angel", a Leonardo da Vinci masterpiece worth $500,000, from the National Gallery. It will be used to bait Francisco Arascan, a South American dictator in exile who has "one of the world's great private art collections". The democratic government that ousted Arascan, wants the S.I.A. to find out his plans for taking back his former country. Noah gives Al a genuine 16th century canvas, with a hidden microphone woven into a piece of it. Al has recruited a first class art forger, who can copy a da Vinci so that it will pass any examination, turning the forgery into a "listening device", to find out Arascan's plans. Noah wants Al to sell Arascan the genuine da Vinci, and then switch in the fake!moreless
  • 2/6/68
    Nancy Ross-White, an S.I.A. agent, has infiltrated the Istrian Embassy, in Washington, D.C., posing as the social secretary to the ambassador's wife. The S.I.A.'s objective is a microfilm record of Istrian agents operating against the interests of the United States. An S.I.A. agent was already killed in the embassy, outside the main reception salon, by special police honor guards under the command of Colonel Savrille, while trying to find the microfilm. Noah wants Al to get into the embassy, find the hidden safe, and steal the microfilm: "a classic heist", or it's back to San Jobal prison for Al.moreless
  • 1/30/68
    Al is sent to small country to lie low after he has stolen jewels in London. It's part of his cover as he's been sent to retrieve important information on how much information a double agent has given to the Soviets.
  • 1/16/68
    Noah sends Al, undercover as Roger Hampton III, an American millionaire gambler, to the Principality of Montefiore, a buffer state, which is friendly to the U.S. Montefiore has the richest and classiest casino in all of southern Europe, and with a tourist economy like Monaco's, if the casino collapses, the country collapses. The Montefiore currency, though solid, is vulnerable. It is called the Diamond-Franc, because it's based on Europe's last and biggest batch of family jewels, which are on display in the casino. The S.I.A. has uncovered an organized plan by enemy agents to steal the Montefiore Crown Jewels, and if they succeed, Montefiore will rapidly sink behind the Iron Curtain. Noah does not want this to happen. Al asks Noah in disbelief, "You want me to prevent stealing?" Noah replies "It takes a thief, to spot a heist!"moreless
  • The newest recruit, a paroled master thief, is sent by the S.I.A. to steal a briefcase with unknown documents from a Middle Eastern courier. The contents, Noah hopes, will help to stop an information leak that is causing their top agents to be killed.
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