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The Prisoner 

After receiving a death sentence in a foreign country, American James Carpenter has spent the last five years seeking refuge in an American embassy. It is secret agent John Drake's task to ... See full summary »

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Terry Bishop

Writers:

Ralph Smart (screenplay), Ralph Smart (devised by) | 1 more credit »
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Episode complete credited cast:
Patrick McGoohan ... John Drake
William Sylvester ... James Carpenter / Oscar Schumak
June Thorburn ... Sue Carpenter
William Lucas ... Colonel Vasco
Michael Peake Michael Peake ... President
Keith Goodman Keith Goodman ... Passport Officer
John Slavid John Slavid ... Policeman
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After receiving a death sentence in a foreign country, American James Carpenter has spent the last five years seeking refuge in an American embassy. It is secret agent John Drake's task to get Carpenter safely out of the country. For his mission, Drake goes in search of a similar-looking man to Carpenter, and finds a perfect dead ringer in concert pianist Oscar Schumak. In order for his plan to succeed, he must convince the foreign authorities that Carpenter is really Schumak, and vice-versa; and furthermore, he must find a way to get them both safely out of the embassy. Written by Twenty Penguins (fixed by U.N. Owen)

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 December 1960 (UK) See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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There is no mention of NATO in the opening titles, and Drake indicates he is working for the American intelligence services (using the phrase "our embassy" at one point), much as he did early in the series (ie. Danger Man: Josetta (1960)). See more »

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When James Carpenter first meets his double, Oscar Schumak (pronounced by Drake as; 'SHOO-mac'), he tells Drake he doesn't wish to get 'mister Sumac' (pronounced; 'SUE-mac') involved. See more »

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Identical strangers!
12 November 2013 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"The Prisoner" is an ironically named episode, as this would be the name of Patrick McGoohan's strange spy series from the late 1960s. The show begins with a guy going nuts and trying to escape from a building--only to get the snot knocked out of him! It sees Mr. Carpenter has been a virtual prisoner at the embassy, as his own country won't let him go and vow to arrest him when he leaves the building. He's now been there five years--hence his going stir crazy at the beginning of the show.

Drake (Patrick McGoohan) is brought in to the case to find a way to sneak him out safely. Unfortunately, the show relies on a very old TV cliché--the identical or nearly identical stranger gimmick. Drake finds a famous concert pianist who is a dead ringer for Carpenter. So, he gets the pianist invited to this dictatorship and arranges for the men to switch places.

As I said, the show does rely on a bad cliché. Still, despite this, it is a pretty good episode and is worth your time.


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