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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 ...
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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 »

Goofs

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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Referenced in Truth or Consequences, N.M. (1997) See more »

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On Edge
26 October 2014 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

Dick York plays an amiable bank employee named Hector Poole who buys his usual morning paper with a coin that this day lands on its edge, a rare event that gives Poole the unique ability to read other peoples thoughts, both on the street and in the bank, which gets him in trouble when he believes he overhears both a fellow employee and a potential customer plot to steal and swindle the bank out of its money. What is Hector to do, and how can fellow female employee(and love interest) Miss Turner(played by June Dayton) help him before he loses his job... Amusing episode is pretty slight of course, but also appealing and whimsical, with good acting by the cast.


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