Get Smart: Season 3, Episode 3

Witness for the Persecution (7 Oct. 1967)

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KAOS is going to stop Smart from testifying against one of their agents.



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Episode cast overview:
Chief (credit only)
George Ives ...
Dr. Bascomb
Patty Regan ...
Mrs. Macklin
Henry Hunter ...
Elwood Tudbury
James Nolan ...
El Lobo-Ito
Kathryn Minner ...
Little Old Lady
Robert Karvelas ...
Larrabee (as Bob Karvelas)


KAOS is going to stop Smart from testifying against one of their agents.

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7 October 1967 (USA)  »

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The title is based on the movie Witness for the Prosecution (1957). See more »


There is a boom shadow in the scene where Smart is in the bedroom and 99 lets him know he's being watched on closed circuit TV. It's very obvious as he steps away from the wall. See more »


Maxwell Smart: Just a minute, Mrs. Macklin, I'd like you to meet two colleagues of mine who work with me at the greeting card company.
[indicating 99]
Maxwell Smart: Eh, this is Miss Primrose, who takes care of our Easter greetings, and this is Mr. Pepperfeathers
[indicating Dr Bascomb]
Maxwell Smart: who's in charge of births and bereavements.
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Spoofs Witness for the Prosecution (1957) See more »


When the Saints Go Marching In
Sung by Don Adams
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Witless for the Prosecution
13 November 2007 | by (Argentina) – See all my reviews

Painful episode to watch has Max the target of KAOS killers who wish to eliminate him before he can testify against one of their men in court. CONTROL's new scientist Dr. Bascomb (George Ives) first designs new security measures at Max's apartment (sadly, they are not as good as the old security measures we've previously seen in Max's apartment). However Max is evicted after most of his apartment is destroyed. So moves in with Dr. Bascomb. The episode really suffers from the absence of Ed Platt as the Chief. Clearly the part of Bascomb was supposed to be Platt's but was rewritten for Ives. For whatever reason Platt was unavailable and while Ives is passable, he's no Platt and his character has no history with Max. Better they would have rewritten the part for Agent 13 or Hymie or even Larabee. But character in this script is sacrificed for what passes for as jokes as Max is suddenly afraid of thunder and "gollywoggles". He sings "When the Saints Go Marching In" before bed. The only real good moments happen when Max tries to cross the street to testify. Buck Henry left the show after the second season and here it really shows.

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