The Prisoner: Season 1, Episode 9

Hammer Into Anvil (10 Dec. 1967)

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Number 6 goes after Number 2 after he drives a fellow village resident to her death.



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


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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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 »


As Number 6 views the window of the General Store, the blue and yellow signs in the window switch locations between close-up and distant scenes. See more »


[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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9 June 2015 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

Number six(Patrick McGoohan) becomes enraged when he witnesses the suicide of a young woman that the new number two(played by Patrick Cargill) has provoked by his relentless and unmerciful questioning. "Six" informs him that he will stop at nothing to enact retribution against him, a challenge which an initially defiant number two gladly accepts, but six's plan is a most clever one, using this two's arrogance and ultimate paranoia against him, driving away the village supervisor(Peter Swanwick) and ever-present butler(Angelo Muscat) and leaving him to answer to number one... Brilliantly effective episode is immensely satisfying and ironic, with our hero triumphant like never before(though still a prisoner). One of the best.

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