The Prisoner (1967–1968)
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Hammer Into Anvil 

Number Six vows revenge and goes after a sadistic Number Two after he drives a fellow Village resident to her death.

Director:

Pat Jackson

Writer:

Roger Woddis
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Patrick McGoohan ... Number Six
Patrick Cargill ... Number Two
Victor Maddern ... Bandmaster
Basil Hoskins Basil Hoskins ... Number Fourteen
Norman Scace Norman Scace ... Psychiatric Director
Derek Aylward Derek Aylward ... New Supervisor
Angelo Muscat Angelo Muscat ... The Butler
Hilary Heath ... Number Seventy-Three (as Hilary Dwyer)
Arthur Gross ... Control Room Operator
Peter Swanwick Peter Swanwick ... Supervisor
Victor Woolf Victor Woolf ... Shop Assistant
Michael Segal ... Laboratory Technician
Margo Andrew Margo Andrew ... Shop Kiosk Girl
Susan Sheers Susan Sheers ... Female Code Expert
Jack Cooper Jack Cooper ... 1st Guardian (as Jackie Cooper)
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Storyline

Number Six is incensed when he witnesses the suicide of Number Seventy-Three who has been brutally interrogated by Number two and he informs Number Two that he will avenge her death. He begins a war of nerves,leading Number Two to believe that he is Agent D6,employed by a superior called XO4, and making him fear that he is in danger. Ultimately the prisoner is triumphant as yet another Number Two resigns. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi

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TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Language:

English | German | Spanish

Release Date:

10 December 1967 (UK) See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Features music from Georges Bizet's "L'Arlésienne" on a number of occasions. This is appropriate since the story of "L'Arlésienne" concerns a woman who drives a man insane. Because the title character is never shown in the play, Arlésienne is now used, in French, to describe a person who is prominently (and sometimes voluntarily) absent from a place or a situation where they would be expected to show up. See more »

Goofs

In this episode, Number Six is depicted as owning a phonograph and the Village store sells records, indicating that the Village residents can choose whether to listen to music or not, and what music to listen to. In previous episodes, all the rooms in the Village were provided with black radios that broadcast music and announcements to the residents, and they had no outside controls so they could not be shut off. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Number Two: Why did you slash your wrists, Seventy-Three? Aren't you happy here? You're not being very cooperative, my dear.
Number Seventy-Three: There's nothing I can tell you.
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Best Psychological Episode
20 February 2015 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

Those Number Two's come and go with great frequency. It is an interesting part of the fabric of this series. In this one, the cold hearted leader of the village deliberately drives a poor woman to suicide without a second of compassion. Number Six vows he will get his revenge. Other than an occasional fistfight, Number Six engages in little violence. He knows there are a lot of factors he must puzzle out if he is to get back to his former life. What he chooses to do is to play mind games with Number Two. He plays on his paranoia by doing seemingly incongruous things and letting the mind go crazy. He buys several copies of the same record, he goes to a beached ship and leaves a set of blank papers, he puts a note in Spanish in the personals in the Newspaper. Meanwhile, the overly zealous Number Two is beside himself, trying to figure out what he is doing. He begins to fire the people closest to him, most of whom don't have a clue what is going on. Number Fourteen, his closest ally, is puzzled as well. He would act with violence but his boss is afraid this would show his failure. Excellent acting as the usually controlled and cold Village overseer shrivels before us. Nicely done, mature piece of writing.


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