Everyone in CONTROL is aging rapidly and Max and 99 must find out why before they die of old age.

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Everyone in CONTROL is aging rapidly and Max and 99 must find out why before they die of old age.

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The title is from the expression "age before beauty." See more »

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Max dumps out the wastebasket and turns it over to sit on it. As he does, he places it over the jar of paint. A few moments later, without getting up or moving the wastebasket, he finds the jar on the floor, no longer under the basket. See more »

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99: [on phone at home] Listen, by the way, thank you so much for the baby gift.
Larabee: [on phone in office] Oh, did the store send it out already?
99: Yes, and it's absolutely adorable. I'm looking forward to meeting your wife so I can thank her in person.
Larabee: You could have done that when you got the gift. That was my wife who delivered it.
99: Oh, I'm so embarrassed. I hope she won't be offended that I tipped her.
Larabee: Well how much did you give her?
99: A dollar.
Larabee: She wasn't offended.
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Spoofs The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945) See more »

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Old Jokes, New Laughs
1 February 2008 | by (Argentina) – See all my reviews

Apparently somebody saw the "Star Trek" episode "The Deadly Years" and said, "Why don't we do something like that?". So they did.

CONTROL agents are getting old overnight because Felix (John Fiedler) in the photo department has invented a paint called "Dorian Gray". When it is painted on someone's picture, that person turns old and soon dies. After he kills off a number of CONTROL agents (several retire to Sun City) he turns his attention to Max, 99 and the Chief. They all do a terrific job playing elderly versions of themselves and the makeup is terrific (in fact, the old Maxwell Smart doesn't look that far off from Don Adams in the 1990's!). They get a clue when they realize Larabee is the only agent still young and the only one who hasn't had his new CONTROL id picture taken.

Funny writing and good performances all around. Guest John Fiedler (familiar to fans of "The Bob Newhart Show" as Mr. Peterson) shows once again (as he did on "Star Trek" as Rajak) his range, which includes great villainy under his meek exterior.


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