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A Penny for Your Thoughts 

Gaining telepathic abilities when his coin lands on its edge bank clerk Hector B. Poole learns about the difference between other people's plans and fantasies.

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Hector B. Poole
June Dayton ...
Helen Turner
Dan Tobin ...
E.M. Bagby
Cyril Delevanti ...
L.J. Smithers
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Sykes
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Frank London ...
Driver
Anthony Ray ...
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Bank clerk Hector Poole develops telepathic powers after tossing a coin to a newspaper vendor that miraculously stands on its edge. He discovers the positive and negative effects of listening in on other peoples thoughts, plans and fantasies. Written by laird-3

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3 February 1961 (USA)  »

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Dick York's character, Hector B. Poole, bears a strong resemblance to Stanley Ipkiss' (Jim Carrey) in The Mask (1994) who also played a timid bank employee. See more »

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When Bagby emerges from his office to tell Poole about the loan fraud he prevented, you can see he said the account was "Acme" and not "Ajax". This was corrected by the actor dubbing in the correct word. See more »

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[closing narration]
Narrator: One time in a million, a coin will land on its edge, but all it takes to knock it over is a vagrant breeze, a vibration, or a slight blow. Hector B. Poole, a human coin, on edge for a brief time - in the Twilight Zone.
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Referenced in The Twilight Zone: The Lineman (2002) See more »

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He Had It All the Time!
17 November 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

What would it be like if you could read the thoughts of others. Considering we are a race that keeps our true feeling to ourselves, this could be dangerous. Well it happens to Dick York in this episode. The magical power of a million to one chance causes him to become a mind reader. This allows him to invade the thoughts of his two timing boss, his pretty secretary, and an old man who dreams of embezzling the company's money. He is such a straight shooter and so dull that he doesn't realize what power this gives him at first. This rolls toward it's conclusion where he is repaid for his steadiness and kindness. And there's a little twist at the end. A decent episode.


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