IT TAKES A THIEF 307 The Three Virgins Of Rome (11/6/1969)
Al is sent to Rome to watch over the Three Virgins of Rome, three paintings by Raphael worth 15 million dollars that have been reunited and are being publicly displayed together for the first time in over a century. After the showing, the paintings are being formally turned over to the United States by Oliver Kent. The S.I.A. suspects that most of the money Kent collects to benefit various charities, ends up in his own Swiss bank account, so Al has to find out if Kent is planning anything devious. Coincidentally, Alister is also in Rome and he, "Le Panther", is temporarily stepping out of retirement to steal the Three Virgins of Rome, because one of the paintings on display was actually stolen from Alister, by Kent, and Alister wants it back. The heist is on until Alister learns from the Inspector that Al is in Rome to protect the paintings, so Alister calls off the job. However, Al finds out that Kent plans to steal the paintings, and frame Alister for the theft, so he knows that the one and only shot at saving the paintings, is his father. Al calls Alister on the phone and asks him for a favor. Al asks, "Father, would you mind picking up some paintings for me?" and Alister answers with surprise, "Certainly son!"
Stars: Robert Wagner (Alexander Mundy), Fred Astaire (Alister Mundy), Malachi Throne (Noah Bain)
Guest star: Edmund Purdom (Unknown), Karin Dor (Angela Styler), Victor Buono (Oliver Kent), Massimo Serato (Inspector Sabatini), Richard Karlan (Forbes), Cecelia Todeschini (Carla Minelli), Francesco Mule (Funello), Davy Kaye (Roxell)