New Release: It Takes a Thief: Complete Series DVD

Release Date: Nov. 15, 2011
Price: DVD $199.98
Studio: Entertainment One


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Robert Wagner is Alexander Mundy in It Takes a Thief.

The arrival of the 1960s’ classic action-adventure television series It Takes a Thief: The Complete Series marks the show’s home entertainment debut.

Fusing the heist and espionage genres, the show aired on ABC-TV for two and a half seasons, beginning in January, 1968.

Inspired by Alfred Hitchcock’s 1955 film To Catch a Thief starring Cary Grant, It Takes a Thief stars Robert Wagner (TV’s Hart to Hart) as dashing Alexander Mundy, the world’s greatest cat burglar … until the day he got caught. As part of his pardon to stay out of prison, Mundy uses his wily skills in the world of espionage, helping to steal for the SIA, an American spy agency.

Technically under house arrest, Mundy travels the world over, performing daring acts of thievery in the name of the U.S.  He also works closely with SIA department head Noah Bain (Malachi Throne, TV’s Ben Casey), his boss, aide, friend and watchdog. (Remind you of the newer show White Collar?)

Along with Fred Astaire (Holiday Inn), who became a semi-regular as Alexander’s retired burglar dad, It Takes a Thief also features guest star appearances by such performers as Raymond Burr (Rear Window), Susan Saint James (TV’s Kate & Allie), Gavin MacLeod (TV’s The Love Boat) and Tina Louise (TV’s Gilligan’s Island).

This 18-disc set contains all 66 episodes of the television series, all digitally remastered, along with the following bonus features:

  • Extended feature-length version of the pilot episode
  • “The King of Thieves” interview with Robert Wagner
  • “A Matter of Larceny” interview with writer Glen A. Larson
  • Limited edition Senitype (reproduced 35mm film frame)
  • It Takes a Thief exclusive four-piece coaster set
  • collectible booklet with retrospective essay
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About Laurence

Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.