Twilight Zone: Season 2, Episode 21

The Prime Mover (24 Mar. 1961)
"The Twilight Zone" The Prime Mover (original title)

TV Episode  |  TV-PG  |   |  Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
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A compulsive gambler cajoles his friend to use his telekinesis to affect the results of the gambling tables in Las Vegas.

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Ace Larson owns a roadside diner. It's a dreary existence for him, his girlfriend, Kitty Cavanaugh and his friend and employee Jimbo Cobb. When there's a serious accident just outside the diner, Ace learns for the first time that Jimbo has telekinetic powers. Ace the gambler sees an easy way to make his fortune and the three of them set off for Las Vegas. Jimbo has little trouble making roulette balls fall on the right number of making any point with a pair of dice. Ace learns the hard way however that there can be too much of a good thing. Written by garykmcd

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The title refers to the propulsion unit for a transportation system, such as the locomotive on a train, the tractor unit of a semi-tractor-trailer, the motor on a locomotive or railroad engine or the truck that tows a artillery gun. Also, in philosophy, a self-caused being that is the cause of all things. See more »

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When Ace and Jimbo first go to the casino, the dealer calls "7, a winner" on one of the rolls before the dice have come to a stop. See more »

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Narrator: Portrait of a man who thinks and thereby gets things done. Mr. Jimbo Cobb might be called a prime mover, a talent which has to be seen to be believed. In just a moment, he'll show his friends and you how he keeps both feet on the ground - and his head in The Twilight Zone.
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Solid and enjoyable.
26 May 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

The show begins with the viewer seeing that Dane Clark is an inveterate gambler--and will gamble on anything. Outside the café, there is soon an accident and a car flies off the road. Clark and his friend, Buddy Ebsen, respond but it doesn't appear there is much they can do--the vehicle has flown into an electrical transformer. However, at this moment, Ebsen uses his hidden telekinetic powers to pull the car off the transformer and Clark immediately sees the potential for gambling. He convinces Ebsen to accompany him to a casino and they go on an unbelievable winning streak--all thanks to Ebsen's ability to manipulate the rolls of the dice. Eventually, after earning $200,000, Clark just can't stop...and not surprisingly there is a "Twilight Zone" twist--as the show just can't end with everyone becoming rich and living happily ever after!! Overall, not a great episode but one that is charming and enjoyable. A solid entry of the series. By the way, this one was directed by Richard l. Bare--the same guy who directed "Petticoat Junction" and "Green Acres".


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