Twilight Zone: Season 2, Episode 21

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

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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 run out to the car just after it crashes, there are electric sparks all over it, but on the opposite side of the car, you can clearly see that the sparks are being created by some fuses, like firework fuses, burning. 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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Every Crap-Shooter's Dream
31 July 2006 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Small time gambler goes big time.

Want the dice to roll a seven? Or eleven? Or maybe a snake-eyes for the other guy. You name the point and it will be there as long as Dane Clark's got his pal with him. That's every crap shooters dream and a great way to break the banks of Las Vegas, especially if you've been flipping burgers your whole life as Clark has. His pal Buddy Ebsen may be a little dim but he's got a special power to levitate objects if he just concentrates. So it's off to Vegas with Ebsen and the big time.

Clark's just right as the cocky little guy suddenly turned bigshot. It's fun but sort of sad to watch him get his few minutes of glory. The trouble is that Ebsen's thinking may be a little slow, but he's sly and his moral compass is a stickler. I'm not sure how plausible the ending is, but it all adds up to a rather sweet little cautionary tale.


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