Maxwell Smart, Private Eye
Original Air Date October 21, 1967
Writers Elroy Schwartz
Director Bruce Bilson
Season Three
Episode Number 65
Villain Mr. Peter and Mr. Sydney
Previous Episode The Spirit is Willing
Next Episode Supersonic Boom

Get Smart Episode #65, Season Three #5.


When CONTROL suffers another budget cutback and all agents are put on part-time, Maxwell Smart sets himself up as a private eye with 99 as his secretary.






Weapons and GadgetsEdit



Director Bruce Bilson won the 1968 Emmy Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy for this episode.

Reality CheckEdit

Hiding behind the generic title this episode is a parody of hard-boiled detective movies, especially 1941's The Maltese Falcon, giving Don Adams his second of three opportunities to show off his Humphrey Bogart impression (the others being Episode #36: "Casablanca" and Episode #117 "The Treasure of C. Errol Madre").

The "Big Man" and "Little Man" villains are caricatures of frequent Bogart co-stars Sydney Greenstreet and Peter Lorre with the twist that their names have been reversed (a similar pair appear in the earlier Casablanca-themed episode) while "Wilbur" refers to Maltese Falcon character "Wilmer Cook" and "Mrs. Weatherly" to "Miss Wonderly", the femme fatale of the movie.

99's line, "If you want me just whistle", is taken from Lauren Bacall's dialogue in To Have and Have Not.