The Prisoner: Season 1, Episode 7

Dance of the Dead (26 Nov. 1967)

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Number 6 comes across a body that has washed ashore with a radio. After sending the body back out to sea, he tries to use the radio to get rescued.

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Mary Morris ...
Duncan Macrae ...
Doctor / Napoleon Bonaparte (as Duncan MacRae)
Norma West ...
Angelo Muscat ...
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Town Crier / Roman Emperor
Bee Duffell ...
Psychiatrist
Camilla Hasse ...
Day Supervisor
Alan White ...
Michael Nightingale ...
Night Supervisor
Patsy Smart ...
Night Maid
Denise Buckley ...
Maid
George Merritt ...
Postman
John Frawley ...
Flowerman
Lucy Griffiths ...
Lady in Corridor
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Number Six comes across a body that has washed ashore with a radio. After sending the body back out to sea, he tries to use the radio to get rescued. A former colleague finds him, but the man is resigned to his own destruction. Later, Number Six calls his ex-colleague to be his character witness during a mock trial conducted by the villagers, who are in the middle of a carnival and wearing various costumes. The man comes out in a jester's outfit; but Number Two, dressed as Peter Pan, will have the last evil laugh. Written by J. Spurlin

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Episode #3 in the ordering of "Six of One, The Prisoner Appreciation Society", that is immediately after 'Arrival' and 'Free for All.' The Sci Fi Channel marathon uses the Six of One order but places 'Dance of the Dead' before 'Free for All', making it episode #2. The choice may be motivated by the facts that Number 6 states "I'm new here" and that 'Free for All' is much closer to the allegory than to the spy premise to be placed immediately after the undisputed episode #1, 'Arrival.' See more »

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The distance between #6 and the surf when he is running along the beach changes dramatically in between some shots. In wide, slightly-overhead shots he is clearly running on wet sand, but in closeups and mediums shots he is running with very dry sand visible between himself and the waterline. See more »

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Town Crier: A proclamation: All citizens take notice that carnival is decreed for tonight. Turn back the clock. There will be music, dancing, happiness, all at the carnival, by order.
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References Dark Shadows (1966) See more »

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Well how very unfortunate for you, old chap...
3 November 2011 | by (NYC) – See all my reviews

One of my top episodes, this allegory, is also one of the most violent.

DANCE OF THE DEAD - nicknamed 'the women's episode,' for it's heavily weighted female cast, has Mary Morris, playing Number 2, in such a way, that, well., as #6 says; 'never trust a woman - even the four-legged kind' becomes much clearer.

I won't give a synopsis - I don't want to spoil the (ahem) 'fun' in store.

What I will say, is that, in #6's presence at the village is quite recent, he's shown that - no matter the gender, the #2 is NOT to be trifled with.

Ms. Morris's characterisation of #2 is as ice-cold, as one can be - and, other than Leo McKern's version - and, the milk-obsessed Colin Gordon's, is most memorable.


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