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 Jimbo lifts his bed to reveal his telekinetic powers, a wire at the centre of the foot of the bed is clearly visible. See more »

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[opening narration]
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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Filed under 'C' for 'Charming' in The Twilight Zone.
30 December 2013 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

Not a great episode or one of the more memorable but still a charming and very likable piece of TZ. A story about priorities, friendship, and self-control. Ace (Dane Clark) dreams of making money through gambling and sees his opportunity in his friend Jimbo's (Buddy Ebsen) strange power of telekinesis. Ace wants to make money to get married to Kitty (Christine White, who played the wife in 'Nightmare at 20,000 Feet') but displays an unhealthy addictive nature towards gambling.

There's a lightness about this one that contrasts with the much darker toned Las Vegas gambling story of series one, 'The Fever'. Buddy Ebsen is very good as the wise but humble Jimbo. An episode like this illustrates the essentially human orientation of TZ, rather than merely sci-fi/thriller/Gothic yarns.


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