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"Get Smart" Age Before Duty (1969)

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Original Air Date:
5 December 1969 (Season 5, Episode 11)
Everyone in CONTROL is aging rapidly and Max and 99 must find out why before they die of old age. | Add synopsis »
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Old Jokes, New Laughs See more (1 total) »


 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Don Adams ... Maxwell Smart

Barbara Feldon ... Agent 99

Edward Platt ... Chief

Harry Basch ... Lucheck
John Dennis ... Kinsky

Ralph Moody ... Carruthers
Maurice Hill ... Medical Examiner
Robert Karvelas ... Larabee
Leonard Bremen ... Bartender (as Lennie Bremen)
Raymond O'Keefe ... Tough Sailor
Chuck Harrod ... Seaman

John Fiedler ... Felix
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rose Michtom ... Woman in Bar (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Harry Falk 
Writing credits
Mel Brooks  created by &
Bob DeVinney  written by and
Buck Henry  created by

Produced by
David Davis .... associate producer
Chris Hayward .... producer
Arne Sultan .... executive producer
Original Music by
Irving Szathmary 
Cinematography by
Meredith M. Nicholson (director of photography) (as Meredith Nicholson)
Film Editing by
Alan Jaggs  (as Alan L. Jaggs)
Casting by
Pat Harris 
Art Direction by
Frank T. Smith 
Set Decoration by
Dave L. Love 
Makeup Department
Ray Sebastian .... makeup artist
Dorothy White .... hair stylist
Production Management
Lionel A. Ephraim .... unit production manager
Ted Rich .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael Messinger .... assistant director
Art Department
James Harris .... property master (as James R. Harris)
Sound Department
Bill Flannery .... sound engineer
Special Effects by
Paul Byrd .... special effects (as Paul B. Byrd)
Bobby Somers .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Roy Kight .... key grip (as Roy Knight)
Burl Stafford .... gaffer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
C. Capriotti .... wardrobe designer and furnisher: Barbara Feldon
Leslie Hall .... wardrobe: women
Donald MacDonald .... wardrobe
Ron Postal .... wardrobe designer: Don Adams
Music Department
Irving Szathmary .... conductor
Other crew
Reza Badiyi .... title visualization (as Reza S. Badiyi)
Rosemary Dorsey .... script supervisor
Gordon Mitchell .... story consultant (as Whitey Mitchell)
Pat O'Leary .... assistant to producer
Lloyd Turner .... story consultant

Series Crew
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Writing credits
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Mel Brooks  created by
Buck Henry  created by

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Additional Details

30 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

The title is from the expression "age before beauty."See more »
Continuity: 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 »
Maxwell Smart:[password] I lost my dinghy.
Tough Sailor:I think you're a little dinghy.
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Old Jokes, New Laughs, 1 February 2008
Author: zsenorsock from Argentina

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

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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