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Sunday 13 July 2014

The Case of The Disappearing Hearse!

   Here we see a scene from the Prisoner episode ‘Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling,’ as the Prisoner, in the guise of the Colonel, played by Nigel Stock, parks the Lotus outside his London home of No.1 Buckingham Place. Already parked in the street is a black hearse, that has shadowed the Prisoner/Colonel through the streets, so as to arrive in Buckingham Place first. Which is almost exactly what happened in the opening sequence of ‘the Prisoner’ after he had tendered his resignation from Military Intelligence. Indeed much of what we see in this episode, as the Prisoner drives through London, is actually taken from ‘Arrival’ or unused film footage.

    This second image is also from ‘Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling,’ but there is no sign whatsoever of  the hearse. The hearse is nowhere to be seen in the street! What’s more the Lotus has been parked a little further on. And that's not Nigel Stock having just climbed out of the Lotus in long shot, but that of Patrick McGoohan!                                                                                                                                             

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