The Prime Mover

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"The Prime Mover"
The Twilight Zone episode
Episode no. Season 2
Episode 57
Directed by Richard L. Bare
Written by Charles Beaumont (based on an uncredited and unpublished story by George Clayton Johnson)
Featured music Stock
Production code 173-3647
Original air date March 24, 1961
Guest actors

Dane Clark: Ace Larsen
Buddy Ebsen: Jimbo Cobb
Jane Burgess: Sheila
Christine White: Kitty Cavanaugh
William Keene: Desk clerk

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"The Prime Mover" is an episode of the American television anthology series The Twilight Zone.

Plot[edit]

Small-time gambler Ace Larsen discovers that his partner, Jimbo Cobb, has telekinetic powers after a car overturns outside their café and Jimbo moves the car without touching it. Ace plans to use Jimbo's powers to win big in Las Vegas, and he takes his girlfriend Kitty with them. Ace wins many jackpots, disregarding Jimbo's headaches from the use of his powers and his growing moral concerns over what they are doing. Kitty is repulsed and leaves, so Ace uses his newly acquired cash to lure the attention of the casino's cigarette girl and bets the pile in a game of craps, just as Jimbo's powers "run out". The loss awakens Ace to the reality of what he has become, and he and Jimbo have a good laugh over their misfortune. The three return home convinced that Jimbo's powers are permanently gone. Back at the café, Ace asks Kitty to marry him just as Jimbo drops his broom. She flips a coin, and Ace calls "heads". Kitty doesn't show Ace the coin or tell him the result of the coin toss; Kitty simply accepts his proposal. As they embrace, Jimbo picks up the broom ... telekinetically.

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References[edit]

  • DeVoe, Bill. (2008). Trivia from The Twilight Zone. Albany, GA: Bear Manor Media. ISBN 978-1-59393-136-0
  • Grams, Martin. (2008). The Twilight Zone: Unlocking the Door to a Television Classic. Churchville, MD: OTR Publishing. ISBN 978-0-9703310-9-0

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