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
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 »
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 »
Some people possess talent, others are possessed by it. When that happens, the talent becomes a curse. Jimbo Cobb knew, right from the beginning. But before Ace Larsen learned that simple truth, he had to take a short trip - through The Twilight Zone.
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Just like the episode with the magical camera, you are introduced to people incapable of stopping once they reach a level of financial success. This guy has more money than once could imagine, but instead of taking it an living a long and happy life, he has to take one more shot. He has to keep going. Yes. It's the compulsive gambler who heads down the road to perdition. We have to feel for Buddy Ebsen, who has those horrible headaches. He does everything for the ungrateful jerk, and the guy doesn't consider his pain for a second. He would let his friend die to make a few more bucks. I won't spoil the conclusion, but I thought, "This guy is a loose cannon!" Be careful.
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