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"Get Smart" The Groovy Guru (1968)

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Original Air Date:
13 January 1968 (Season 3, Episode 15)
When teenagers are turning into zombies, Max and 99 go after their idol the Groovy Guru. | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Don Adams ... Maxwell Smart

Barbara Feldon ... #99

Edward Platt ... Chief

Larry Storch ... Groovy Guru
Ellen Weston ... Dr. Steele
Sharon Vaughn ... Wanda
Mickey Morton ... Cab Driver
Robert Karvelas ... Larrabee (as Bob Karvelas)

Barry Newman ... Assistant Guru
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ben Benay ... Sacred Cow (uncredited)
Jerry Scheff ... Sacred Cow (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
James Komack 
Writing credits
Mel Brooks (created by) with &
Buck Henry (created by)

Norman Paul (written by) and
Burt Nodella (written by)

Produced by
Burt Nodella .... producer
Harry R. Sherman .... associate producer
Leonard Stern .... executive producer
Original Music by
Irving Szathmary 
Cinematography by
Meredith M. Nicholson (director of photography) (as Meredith Nicholson)
Film Editing by
William Cairncross  (as Bill Cairncross)
Casting by
Pat Harris 
Art Direction by
Archie J. Bacon  (as Arch Bacon)
Set Decoration by
Anthony D. Nealis 
Costume Design by
Suzanne Smith 
Makeup Department
Ray Forman .... hair stylist
Ray Sebastian .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Claude Binyon Jr. .... assistant director
Art Department
James Harris .... property master (as James R. Harris)
Sound Department
Bill Flannery .... sound engineer
Special Effects by
Justus Gibbs .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Tom May .... key grip (as Tommy May)
Burl Stafford .... gaffer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Leslie Hall .... wardrobe: women
Donald MacDonald .... wardrobe
Music Department
Irving Szathmary .... conductor
Other crew
Bill Lewis .... assistant: producer
Norman Paul .... story consultant
Victoria Gail Weisbart .... script supervisor (as Victoria Weisbart)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

25 min
Sound Mix:

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The Groovy Guru's mind control band is called "The Sacred Cows", a parody of Grateful Dead.See more »
Revealing mistakes: When the bomb squad drops Max down the chute, the purse falls off in the Chief's office yet the bomb "explodes in the chute".See more »
Dr. Steele:[practicing her high kicks] You know, I don't believe the Guru uses torture. It's my theory that he's developed a subtle but incredibly effective method of extracting information. That's why I invented those pills that make you lie. I call them my 'Gay deceivers'.See more »
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11 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Phineas J. Guru, You're the Greatest, 2 April 2008
Author: zsenorsock from Argentina

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

In a minor "Tennessee Tuxedo" reunion show, Max and 99 go after the Groovy Guru (Larry Storch) who performed the voice of Tennesse Tuxedo's (Don Adams) personal wikipedia, Phineas J. Whoopie. The Guru is a disc jockey working for KAOS who plans to use mind control and the music of the Sacred Cows (more a parody of animal themed bands--the Byrds, the Monkees, the Beatles--rather than the Grateful Dead I think) to take over the minds of teenagers, have them turn against society and "kill! kill! kill! thrill! thrill! thrill! Bump off the squares!" Before Max meets the Guru he and the Chief visit with CONTROL's beautiful chemist/stripper Dr. Steele ("Young and the Restless" future star Ellen Weston) who gives Max a lie pill that makes him tell lies. Of course he swallows it accidentally and there's a nice sequence (kind of the flip side of Jim Carrey's "Liar, Liar" or Bob Hope's earlier "Nothing But the Truth") in which he can only tell lies. Suspicious Max might have taken the pill, 99 asks if he wants to kiss her. When he answers "I certainly would", she decides he must have taken the pill.

When they get to the Guru's studio, they first meet with the assistant Guru, played by Barry Newman, two years before he hit with "Petrocelli" and "Vanishing Point". He does a fine job getting Max and 99 to contemplate their navels. But the Guru learns their true identities thanks to "the old bug in the rug trick" and tries to put them under his spell. Fortunately Max can make his mind go completely blank. 99 falls under control of the Guru, which allows us to enjoy more of Feldon's dancing.

Although in retrospect it looks like this is another show that kind of got on the wrong side of the 1960's revolution, the script is very funny and Storch creates a vivid KAOS bad guy (you wonder though what Siegfried would have thought of his brand of KAOS) and the music makes a memorable episode.

Storch once again played a guru in Blake Edwards' "S.O.B". Sharon Vaughn plays a double agent courier in the show's cold opening. She looks like she could have been Feldon's stand in. She later sang on the "Electric Horseman" soundtrack with Willie Nelson.

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