Twilight Zone: Season 2, Episode 16

A Penny for Your Thoughts (3 Feb. 1961)
"The Twilight Zone" A Penny for Your Thoughts (original title)

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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 ...
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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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The title comes from the old English expression "A penny of your thoughts" which dates back to John Heywood's compilation of proverbs "A dialogue conteinying the nomber in effect of all the proverbes in the Englishe tongue". 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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[opening narration]
Narrator: Mr. Hector B. Poole, resident of the Twilight Zone. Flip a coin and keep flipping it. What are the odds? Half the time it will come up heads, half the time tails. But in one freakish chance in a million, it'll land on its edge. Mr. Hector B. Poole, a bright human coin - on his way to the bank.
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'Their lips don't move, but I can hear their words clearly'.
25 December 2013 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

Positively superior light comedy entry. Dick York makes his second and final TZ appearance as a bank worker who can suddenly read people's thoughts. From the first scene where Hector B Poole (York) can read the thoughts of people that perfectly match their expressions, it becomes clear this is an interesting story. The complete contradiction of the words and thoughts of a driver who knocks down Poole is amusing too. The crossed dialogue of speech and thought is well handled throughout. Poole's focus turns to an older colleague whose thoughts cause concern. This strange power appears to be both a curse and a blessing. A perfect little scenario for Dick York. Good support performances. Sterling TZ.


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