As the Prisoner is taken into that locker room by the Supervisor at the commencement of Fall Out, the Prisoner puts a hand to the effigy that is wearing his own suit of clothes. Sometimes when I watch this it appears that at one point the Prisoner wants to strangle the life out of it. Memories of Curtis perhaps, or to kill his own identity. But of course I'm wrong. the Prisoner has no such intention, as he calmly unbuttons the black polo shirt.
They Should Make Up Their Minds!
In the episode ‘Dance of the Dead’ No.6's own suit of clothes was specially delivered for the occasion. No.6 asked No.2 why he had no costume, and No.2's response was "Perhaps because you don't exist." This after ‘Arrival’ when the doctor told the Prisoner, for he had no number at that time, that his clothes had been burnt. Yet moments later there's this bald-headed bloke wearing the Prisoner's own clothes in the aversion therapy room!
Then at the commencement of Fall Out the Prisoner is taken to a cloakroom "We thought you'd be happier as yourself" the Supervisor informs him. As upon a dummy, the image of the Prisoner, is once again his own suit of clothes!
You know, I do wish they would make up their minds as to what they are about!
Can a man be in two places at the same time? Can he have slept with an attractive girl in her apartment when he's only ever seen her briefly, and didn't even know her address? It is bewildering questions such as these that torment Harold Pelham when he recovers from a near fatal car accident - an accident which has strange undertones.
Pelham himself is every inch the city businessman, conservative in dress, staid in manner with a lovely wife and a young family. A man of substance.... a man truly set in his ways. So how does Julie, an attractive girl he has only seen once, claim such an intimate relationship?
As each day passes the enigma deepens, the mystery becomes more unfathomable, and more terrifying. It is only after his wife, children, and best friend turn from him as from a complete stranger that Pelham discovers the terrifying truth.
This film is very much like the Prisoner episodes ‘The Schizoid Man’ and ‘Fall Out’ in the way that there are two 6's, and two Pelham's, but who are the alter ego of the same man. Although perhaps not in the case of Curtis, who has simply taken the place of No.6. To all intents and purposes there were two No.6's in the Village.
I'm of the opinion that the Prisoner used his fiancée Janet Portland. Why, well he had resigned his job, and hadn't told her, otherwise she would have discussed that with her father Sir Charles. And at some point in time the Prisoner had given his fiancée a receipt for a roll of film, which he expected Janet to keep in case of trouble. Then when the Prisoner returned to
he only went to her birthday party to retrieve that receipt for a roll of film he'd had transformed into transparencies - slides. London
Somehow I don't think his fiancée Janet Portland, rated very high on the Prisoner's list of priorities!
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