Get Smart

Season 3 Episode 14

The King Lives?

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Aired Saturday 8:30 PM Jan 06, 1968 on NBC
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The King Lives?
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Max must impersonate his lookalike King Charles in order to foil a KAOS assassination plot in this spoof of The Prisoner of Zenda.

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  • Parody of spy thriller meets classic Hollywood melodrama, with Don Adams at the top of his game.

    8.1
    Smart fills in for the endangered King of Coronia, his exact double.



    Interesting episode, adds some romance to the formula just when the series needed an injection of it. I have to admit I'm a sucker for "travel" tales in many shows, and this one allows Don Adams to show off impressive impersonation skills (his Ronald Coleman accent is suave yet hysterical). Its a little predicatable in a "Prisoner of Zenda" kind-of-way, but the plot of the real king's evil brother is funny and he's inept, always a good combination. Nice sword play at the end of this episode.



    The reason "Get Smart" seems to have life for four good seasons (and one pretty mediocre one) is its ability to keep reaching for popular culture to lampoon - so even as it sometimes relies too much on the same "catch phrases", the subject matter often stays fresh.moreless
Barbara Feldon

Barbara Feldon

Agent 99

Jane Dulo

Jane Dulo

99's Mother (1968-1969)

Robert Karvelas

Robert Karvelas

Larrabee (1967-1970)

Dick Gautier

Dick Gautier

Hymie (1966-1969)

David Ketchum

David Ketchum

Agent 13

Stacy Keach Sr.

Stacy Keach Sr.

Prof. Carlson (1966-67)

Johnny Carson

Johnny Carson

Herald (uncredited)

Guest Star

John Doucette

John Doucette

Colonel von Klaus

Guest Star

Michael Forest

Michael Forest

Basil

Guest Star

King Moody

King Moody

Starker (1966-1969)

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • This episode was co-written by Don Adams with his sister Gloria Burton.

    • The plot of a commoner impersonating a nobleman to whom he bears an uncanny resemblance was first popularized in Anothony Hope's novel "The Prisoner of Zenda". The novel was adapted into a celebrated movie in 1937 starring Ronald Colman as the identical king and commoner. Since Don Adams has said that his famous Maxwell Smart voice developed out of a Ronald Colman impression, a take-off of the movie must have seemed almost inevitable.

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  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • Max: Ah, yes. I remember it well.

      Max and Princess Marta trade conflicting memories of a date reminiscent of song I Remember It Well from the musical Gigi (1958).

    • Ruritania
      While being quizzed on his knowledge of King Charles' family, Max says his mother was Queen Helena of Ruritania. Ruritania is the fictional kingdom which was the setting for The Prisoner of Zenda.

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