Original Air Date October 22, 1966
Writers Joseph C. Cavella

and Carol Cavella

Director William Wiard
Season Two
Episode Number 36
Villain The Choker
Previous Episode Maxwell Smart, Alias Jimmy Ballantine
Next Episode The Decoy

Get Smart Episode #36, Season Two #6.


When scientist Dr. Pliny is murdered while being guarded by Maxwell Smart at Washington airport, the search for the killer leads Max and 99 to the exotic city of Casablanca.








  • Washington Airport
  • Casablanca

Reality CheckEdit

Although not strictly a parody, this episode's title and locale evoke the 1942 film of this name as well as giving Don Adams the first of three chances to employ his impersonation of Humphrey Bogart, the film's star (the others are Episode #65: "Maxwell Smart, Private Eye" and #117: "The Treasure of C. Errol Madre").

The name of the cafe where the Choker is found, the Bent Parrot, recalls the Blue Parrot Cafe in the film and the "Big" and "Little" Men who successively sit at Max's table are clear parodies of Sydney Greenstreet and Peter Lorre respectively (These archetypes return in "Maxwell Smart, Private Eye" with their names reversed as Mr. Peter and Mr. Sydney) and Max's exhortation to the piano player to "Play it again, Sam" is an imprecise quotation of the film's most famous line.

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