REDE DES PRÄSIDENTEN IN "DEMASKIERUNG
REVOLT: THE PRESIDENT'S SPEECH IN
abschließende episode von NUMMER 6, und entstand
monate nach "Pas de deux", mit der zusammen sie
das doppelfinale bildet. Nach der reihenfolge ihrer entstehung
war "Demaskierung" auch die letzte episode. Es
gilt als gesichert, dass Patrick McGoohan sein skript dazu
innerhalb von vielleicht einem wochenende verfasste. Weite
teile dieser episode bleiben nicht zuletzt deshalb ohne
dialog. Dieses serienfinale erregte die britische öffentlichkeit
so sehr, dass McGoohan einige zeit später in die USA
die niederschrift der redepassagen, dargebracht von schauspieler
Kenneth Griffith, zuvor bereits darsteller des verrückten
wissenschaftlers Schnipps, in der episode "--3-2-1-0",
der sich für Napoleon hält, ergänzt um kurze
handlungserläuterungen. Griffith übernimmt hier
den prominenten part des versammlungsleiters in der roten
robe eines britischen Lordrichters vor einem auditorium
seltsamer in weiße gewänder gekleideter gestalten
mit schwarz-weißen gesichtsmasken. Den text der rede
hatte Griffith selbst verfasst.
dem psychoduell mit Nummer Zwei in "Pas de deux",
das er als sieger überstanden hat, wird Nummer Sechs
in eine unterirdische höhle geführt Gut die hälfte
der zeit widmet das drehbuch diesen ereignissen.
dialoge sind hier im original wiedergegeben, die deutsche
synchronversion ist auf DVD erhältlich.
Alexis Kanner: jugendlicher Nummer 48
Leo McKern: vorige Nummer Zwei
the ultimate PRISONER episode, was produced months
after "Once Upon A Time" both of which form the
series' double finale. "Fall Out" eventually became
the last episode to be scripted, shot and post-produced.
It is commonly known that Patrick McGoohan worked out his
"Fall Out" script over the period of perhaps a
weekend. It is therefore that there is no dialogue at all
in large portions of it. This conclusion to the series was
causing heavy excitement in the British public. Therefore,
McGoohan left Great Britain for the USA a short time later.
follows here is a transscript of the President's words performed
by actor Kenneth Griffith who previously had played
the role of mad scientist Schnipps in the "The Girl
Who Was Death" episode, imagining he was Napoleon.
Interspersed are short descriptions of the action during
that specific scene. Griffith's memorable role is that of
the President of the assembly, an auditorium of various
characters dressed in white hoods and wearing black-and-white
face masks. Griffith wrote the words of his speech himself.
overcome the psychological battle of wits against Number
Two in "Once Upon A Time" Number Six is lead into
a cavern before a strange auditorium which appears to be
a tribunal. Roughly half the episode running time is dedicated
to what happens down in the subterranean cavern.
Griffith: President of the assembly
Alexis Kanner: the youth Number 48
Leo McKern: former Number Two
EPISODE "DEMASKIERUNG - FALL OUT"
DIALOGVERGLEICH NUMMER 48 - PRÄSIDENT
DIALOGVERGLEICH "PAS DE DEUX"
This session is called in a matter of democratic
crisis. And we are gatherd together to resolve the question of
revolt. We desire that proceedings be conducted in a civilized
manner. But remind ourselves that humanity is not humanized without
force. And that every children must sometimes be brougth a book
with smack on their backside.
draw your attention to the regrettable bullet. The community is
at stake and we have the means to protect it. The assembly is
now in security. ...
We understand he's survived the ultimate test. ... Then he must
no longer be referred to as Number Six.or a number of any kind.
He has gloriously vindicated the right of the individual to be
this assembly rises to you - Sir!
we crave your indulgence for a short while... The, err, transfer
of ultimate power requires some tedious ceremony and, perhaps,
you would care to observe the preliminaries from the - chair of
Six takes his place on a big chair, a "throne", on top
of the pedestal.)
Sir, we thank you and promise to be as brief
he's a jolly good fellow" is heard on the soundtrack.
Then the mobile chamber of the previous episode with the dead
body of Number Two is opened. A siren sound attracts the President's
attention to a rocket-like tube with the number "1"
on it while a green eye is blinking. He turns to a big video screen
where the dead Number Two is seen.)
Upon A Time" footage is screend backwards, thus Number Two
coming to life again.)
him out! - Key!
Butler opens the bars of the mobile chamber, Number Two is laid
on a stretcher. He steps on the pedestal and takes a bow before
Number Six, takes the place beside him. The body of former Number
Two receives shave and hair-cut.)
Revolt... can take many forms. And here we have three specific
instances. Number 48...
young man, hippie-style, with a top hat emerges from a steam hole
in the floor where he has been enchained.)
48: Thanks for the trip, dad!
grateful for the opportunity of pleading your case before the
48 acts erratically, singing "Dem bones" causing excitement
among the hooded assembly.)
48...!!! Number 48...!!!
the siren sound is heard, the green eye is blinking. The President
has Number 48 released from the chains who climbs out from his
Youth, with its enthusiasms which rebels against
any accepted norm because it must - and we sympathize - it may
wear flowers in its hair, bells on its toes. But - when the common
good is threatened, when the function of society is endangered,
such revolts must cease. They are non-productive - and must be
48 rings a small bell.)
48: "Here the word of the Lord...!"
runs around the cavern, entailing considerable disturbance, reciting
and singing the "Dem bones" song while guards
try to catch him. Number Six eventually addresses him and he eases
we thank you for your kindly intervention. But fear that such
familiarity is not in keeping with procedure! We must maintain
the status quo! Now, Number...
"number-1-sound" distracts him. He turns to the direction
of the green eye, listening...)
yes, of course. Naturally it would expedite matters. Very well.
it would appear to temporarily we may use the new form of address
in order to bring these proceedings to an early and satisfactory
turns round to the auditorium.)
in favour? Carried! We're obliged - Sir...
President and Number 48 engage in an increasing battle of words,
the whole assembly pounding on their desks. The President, almost
losing control, wants Number 48 to "confess" while 48
resumes the "Dem bones" song which is then heard
on the soundtrack performed by the Four Lads. Number Six and the
Butler keep watching. The hooded characters, even the President
swing and clap hands to the music.)
EPISODE "DEMASKIERUNG - FALL OUT"
DIALOGVERGLEICH NUMMER 48 - PRÄSIDENT
DIALOGVERGLEICH "PAS DE DEUX"
hooded assembly: Hooray!
Number 48: And hear the
word of the Lord.
Read the charge!
of the hooded, labeled "Anarchists": The
prisoner has been charged with the most serious breech of social
48 rings his bell.)
of the hooded, labeled "Anarchists": Total
defiance of the elementary laws which sustain our community. Questioning
the decisions of those we voted to govern us. Unhealthy aspects
of speech and dressed not in accordance with general practice.
And the refusal to observe, wear or respond to his number.
48 rings his bell.)
you approve the proceedings...!
Six: I... - note them.
I take it you have no comment to this stage.
Six: Not at this stage.
the accused will be held in the place of sentence until after
your - inauguration. Remove him!
48 is taken away by the guards without resistance. While he is
chained and sunk into the ground hole he sings "Dem bones".
The President apologizes to Number Six for Number 48's demeanour.)
face of the former Number Two is displayed on the big screen while
he rises from his seat, not quite sure what's happening to him.
He sees himself on the screen laughing out loudly, and so are
the audience and the guards. He raises his hand.)
Number Two: I feel a new man! (Laughing)
walks up to Number Six on his big chair and shakes his hand.)
Number Two: My dear chap! How've you been keeping?
the chair.) Throne
at last, eh? I knew that it had to be.
the Butler:) And you, my little
friend? Ever faithful, hm?! Come on! (But the
Butler won't leave his position next to Number Six.)
allegiances. Such is the price of fame - and failure... (Towards
the auditorium:) Ladies
and gentlemen! A most extraordinary thing happend to me on my
by the hooded auditorium. He climbs the rostrum and addresses
the auditorium, recounting the powerful position he had held previously
when the Village authorities - meaningfully he glances
at the President - abducted him and brought him to this place.
He regrets having resisted only for a short time. On the screen
scenes of him collapsing are shown and he realises that he had
actually died during the psychological battle of "Degree
Absolute" in the previous episode. He wonders how that could
have been done. "You couldn't even let me rest in peace",
he says to the President. But the President only tells him that
still there is some security information that a former Number
Two isn't allowed to receive. Asked by Number Six if he'd ever
met Number One he breaks out in laughter. The green "number-1-eye"
makes itself heard again. Former Number Two looks at it provokingly,
demands it to look into his own eyes. He is admonished by the
President that he'll die.)
Number Two: Then I'll die with my own mind. You'll
hypnotize me no longer.
throws away his Number Two badge. The green eye shuts completely,
steam leaking from the tube/rocket. Former Number Two spits at
the green eye. Number Six has him secured until further notice
in an underground device similar to that of Number 48. While he
is lead away by the guards he laughs defiantly at the President
who continues to proceed with his speech.)
- have just witnessed two forms of revolt. The first, uncoordinated
youth. Rebelling against nothing it can define. The second, an
established, successful, secure member of the establishment turning
upon and biting the hand that feeds him. Well, these attitudes
are dangerous. They contribute nothing to our culture - and are
to be stamped out!
Again the "number-1-eye" blinks. An image of Number
Six' London residence is shown, the "For sale" sign
the other end of the scale we are honoured to have with us a revolutionary
of a different calibre. He has revolted. Resisted. Fought. Held
fast. Maintained. Destroyed resistance. Overcome coercion. The
right to be a Person, Someone, or Individual. We applaud his private
war and concede that despite materialistic efforts he has survived
intact and secure. All that remains is recognition of a Man. A
man of steel. A man magnificently equipped to lead us. That is,
lead us - or go. In this connection we have a prize. You will
see that your home is being made ready. Above and beyond this
we have the means for you to desert us and go anywhere.
of the hooded and masked presents the following...)
to your house.
Traveller's cheques, a million.
Passport, valid for anywhere.
And, err, petty cash. - You are free to go.
Six: Free to go...
have been such an example to us.
convinced us of our mistakes.
pure, you know the way. Show us!
revolt is good and honest. You are the only individual. We need
Six: I see.
do. You see all.
Six: I'm an individual?
are on your own.
Six: I fail to see.
about you is... - yours. We concede. We offer. We plead for you
to lead us.
Six: Or go.
if you wish.
Six: Err, I don't know.
Presidents points towards the rostrum.)
the stand! Address us!
Six: Should I?
must. You are the greatest. Make a statement, a true statement
which could only be yours, but for us! Remember us, don't forget
us! Keep us in mind. Sir! We are all yours.
by the auditorium Number Six takes his belongings, then gets up
the rostrum stairs to start his speech.)
hooded auditorium (echoing):
I, I, I...!
Six starts again.)
Six: I feel....
hooded auditorium (Slamming
fists fiercely on the desks)
: I, I, I... Aye, aye,
Six starts anew but remains unheard in the noise. This keeps going
on. The President standing in front of him, observing attentively.
There's anger on Number Six' face, he even cries out. As the President
calmly raises his hand the noise subsides.)
on behalf of us all - we thank you! And, now I take it that you
are prepared to meet, err, Number One. Follow me if you'll be
so kind! Sir.
and, again, the song "For he's a jolly good fellow"
is heard as Number Six and the President walk off.)
EPISODE "FALL OUT"
DIALOGUES COMPARED NUMBER 48 - PRESIDENT
DIALOGUES COMPARED "ONCE UPON A TIME "