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Thursday 21 June 2018

Caught On Camera!

    Regular readers of my blog will no doubt remember the following blog entry.

    It would seem the 1968-69 series ‘Randall And Hopkirk {Deceased}’ is not exactly littered with props from ‘the Prisoner’ but the series does have its fair share of what I am pleased to call “Prisoner-isms” both verbally, physically, and musically. A couple of weeks ago my wife and I were watching the ‘Randall And Hopkirk {Deceased}’ episode ‘The Ghost Who Saved The Bank At Monte Carlo,’ and the following discovery of another “Prisoner-ism” was made in Randall’s hotel room.
   Have you spotted it yet? This time it’s a Village loudspeaker! Perhaps this will make it a little clearer.
   Why episodes of ‘Randall And Hopkirk {Deceased}’ should make use of such ‘Prisoner’ props is unknown. No doubt it was simply the case that they were left lying about, or still being stored at the MGM film studios and so were made use of without regard to ‘the Prisoner.’ They were simply film props. On the other hand, perhaps it’s as the reporter for The Tally Ho Number 113 once quoted Number 6 as saying “Our exports will operate in every corner of the globe!”
        I did think in the episode, ‘Somebody Just Walked Over My Grave,’ there was going to be yet another Prisoner-ism, when an Austin Princess hearse appeared late in the episode. But it was the wrong registration number! However the red ‘C’ box file from ‘A B and C’ did turn up in the gatehouse of a cemetery, when before it was with the other two box files ‘A’ and ‘B’ in Randall’s office!

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  1. Great spot, David! Particularly interesting, as R&H was filmed at Elstree/ABPC and not MGM, did MGM sell their props, as closure of the studio approached, to Elstree in 68?

    1. Hello Rick,
      That's a good question! I expect they must have, otherwise I can't think how the props became used in R/H.