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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Patrick Cargill ...
Victor Maddern ...
Bandmaster
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 ...
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Michael Segal ...
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Margo Andrew ...
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Susan Sheers ...
Female Code Expert
Jack Cooper ...
1st Guardian (as Jackie Cooper)
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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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George Orwell wrote in "Politics and the English Language", about the Johann Wolfgang Goethe quote used in this title that "In real life it is always the anvil that breaks the hammer, never the other way about." See more »

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No. 6 attaches a note to a pigeon. When he writes it, he uses black ink, but when it is retrieved for No. 2, it is written in blue ink. See more »

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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
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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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