Produced at the same time as the more well-known Twilight Zone, this series fed the nation's growing interest in paranormal suspense in a different way. Rather than creating fictional ... See full summary »
Will J. White
Within the course of one hour 5 stories are shown. None of these stories have any logical explanation, and some of them actually occurred. You are left to decide which of these stories, if ... See full summary »
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 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 »
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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Filed under 'C' for 'Charming' in The Twilight Zone.
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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