It Takes a Thief (1968–1970)
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The Thingamabob Heist 

Al must steal a sample of a revolutionary new type of jet fuel, the only trouble is he doesn't know what to look for.


Jack Arnold


Roland Kibbee (created by), Burt Styler




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Wagner ... Alexander Mundy
Malachi Throne ... Noah Bain
Ricardo Montalban ... Nick Grobbo
Sharon Acker ... Dr. Edwina Hopkins
Bill Russell ... George the Butler (as William 'Bill' Russell)
Kay Peters Kay Peters ... Countess Georgiana
Noah Keen ... Professer Corcoran
James Gavin James Gavin ... Sentry
Don Ross Don Ross ... S.I.A. Agent
Martin Kosleck ... 2nd Agent
Gene Dynarski ... 1st Agent
Sharon Harvey Sharon Harvey ... Lady Cook
Ann Morell Ann Morell ... Lady Barber (as Anne Morell)
Walter Woolf King ... Curator
Tiger Joe Marsh Tiger Joe Marsh ... Man B


Al must steal a sample of a revolutionary new type of jet fuel, the only trouble is he doesn't know what to look for.

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Release Date:

15 October 1968 (USA) See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Noah Bain: Let's see, whom shall I get? How about Eddy Crane? He's still doing time at San Quentin.
Alexander Mundy: Wait a minute. Eddy Crane?
Noah Bain: Yeah. He's a good boy.
Alexander Mundy: Eddy Crane is a good boy?
Noah Bain: That's right.
Alexander Mundy: He's a nickel and dime second-story man who couldn't steal a banana from a drunken monkey.
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References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

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One of my new favorites
11 September 2019 | by bensonmum2See all my reviews

The Quick Pitch: Mundy must locate and steal a new type of fuel before it can be sold to America's enemies. The problem is that because the fuel can take any form or shape, Mundy has no idea what it looks like.

I had an absolute blast watching The Thingamabob Heist. My enjoyment had almost nothing to do with the plot or the shape-shifting fuel. Instead, the acting in this episode is about as good as I've seen in an episode of It Takes a Thief. Robert Wagner's work here with co-star Ricardo Montalban is amazing. The two had some truly incredible on-screen chemistry. Montalban had a way of delivering the most threatening lines without ever losing that twinkle in his eye. A really professional job. The rest of the cast is solid. Bill Russell (yes, Boston Celtic Bill Russell) is a lot of fun as Monalban's enforcer. And Sharon Acker did about as good as any actress I can remember playing the "hottie hiding behind the glasses". I suppose I should also credit writer Ronald Kibbee for giving Wagner and Montalban such fun dialogue to throw back and forth. I was literally smiling ear-to-ear. Finally, I'll mention director Jack Arnold. I was shocked to see his name pop-up in the opening credits. Some of his 50s sci-fi/horror movies are among my favorites. I'm overjoyed to see he directed seven more episodes of It Takes a Thief.

As I like to do with every series I watch, when I'm finished, I'll most likely make a list of favorite episodes. I'll be shocked if The Thingamabob Heist isn't on that list.


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