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



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Episode cast overview:
Maurice Hill ...
Medical Examiner
Robert Karvelas ...
Leonard Bremen ...
Bartender (as Lennie Bremen)
Raymond O'Keefe ...
Tough Sailor
Chuck Harrod ...


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

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5 December 1969 (USA)  »

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


After 99 has aged, when she points at Carruthers' photo, her hand still looks "young." See more »


Maxwell Smart: Are you kidding? There's a man that's been murdered lying there on the pinball machine, and you want people to come in here and dance and drink and carry on?
Bartender: Why not? They do it every night.
Maxwell Smart: You mean there's a killing here every night?
Maxwell Smart: Well, not every night. We're closed Mondays. But we have two on Saturday.
Maxwell Smart: What day is this, Chief?
Chief: Friday.
[Smart blows a sigh of relief]
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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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