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It Takes A Thief - Ron Ramirez - 12-01-2007 05:55 AM
Anyone remember this TV series from 1968-70?
I was still only seven years old when it debuted in January 1968 (I wouldn't turn 8 until April), and I haven't seen the series since first run. Recently, I stumbled across some episodes of the series and am looking forward to reliving one of the brighter bits of my childhood.
I do not remember any details of any of the episodes. All I remember is that I thought Robert Wagner was the Epitome of Coolness.
Do you realize that the introductory TV-movie for the series (Magnificent Thief) aired on January 9, 1968...nearly FORTY years ago!!!
Gawd, that makes me feel OLD...
And, to top it all off, this TV series, like my all-time favorite TV show, Route 66, is NOT commercially available on DVD! Yet so much of the schlock and garbage that has aired on television IS commercially available on DVD.
I don't give a rat's behind about Grey's Anatomy - I want to see some old-school, QUALITY television!
- Doug K. - 12-01-2007 12:56 PM
I believe Wagner's character was named Alexander Munday. I'm not sure but I think Fred Astaire played his Dad in some episodes. Yeah, we're gettin' old but it's better than the alternative !
RE: It Takes A Thief - TonyJSenior - 12-01-2007 02:05 PM
I was born in '63 and vaguely remember that one. Did a quick search and looks like this place has the set for sale :
I don't like most of the junk on TV these days either. Even the cartoons the kids watch are just downright strange. What ever happened to the good old Saturday morning cartoons anyways? Now it seems the more bizarre, the better. Oh well, maybe I am just getting old *sigh*
- TonyJSenior - 12-01-2007 02:10 PM
Forgot to add that we subscribe to Netflix and they have a lot of good old television material in their rental library. I enjoy a lot of the stuff from the 50's which is before both of our time ;)
- Ron Ramirez - 12-01-2007 10:20 PM
I wonder how good the quality of the TV Addicts set is? I see they also offer Route 66. Very reasonable prices too. Hmmm...
Wagner's SIA boss in the first two seasons of the show, Noah Bain, was played by Malachi Throne. He is still doing bit parts and voice-overs.
Some trivia about Throne: He was offered the part of Dr. "Bones" McCoy in the original Star Trek but turned it down - he wanted the role of Spock! (Of course that role went to Leonard Nimoy.) And today, December 1, is Malachi Throne's 79th birthday!
Yes Doug, Fred Astaire did indeed play Alexander Mundy's father, Alister Mundy (who also happened to be a thief), as a recurring role during the series' run. I remember occasionally seeing Astaire when the series was in first run, but back then I had no clue that he was the most famous dancer of Hollywood's Golden Age.
Astaire passed away in 1987. Wagner is still with us, at age 77. (Didn't Noah Bain look much older, or at least seem much older, than Al Mundy?)
Tony - some of those old classic Bugs Bunny and Tom & Jerry cartoons are now considered "politically incorrect."