Monday, September 26, 2005
R.I.P.: Last Shoe-Phone Call for Don Adams ("Get Smart") 
by Lenka Reznicek [permalink] 
[ABC News] Adams [age 82] died of a lung infection late Sunday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, his friend and former agent Bruce Tufeld said Monday, adding the actor broke his hip a year ago and had been in ill health since.

As the inept Agent 86 of the super-secret federal agency Control, Adams captured TV viewers with his antics in combatting the evil agents of Kaos. When his explanations failed to convince the villains or his boss, he tried another tack: "Would you believe...?" It became a national catchphrase.

Smart was also prone to spilling things on the desk or person of his boss the chief (actor Edward Platt). Smart's apologetic "Sorry about that, chief" also entered the American lexicon. The spy gadgets, which aped those of the Bond movies, were a popular feature, especially the pre-cell-phone telephone in a shoe.
I loved that shoe phone. Who wouldn't love to bang it on a table Khrushchev-style when telemarketers call? What? Khrushchev never banged his shoe on the table? Awww, it doesn't matter...it still makes for a great, goofy Cold War image - straight out of Get Smart.