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The Twilight Zone: The Prime Mover

A man uses his friend's psychic ability which can move objects with his mind, to make a fortune in Las Vegas.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 2x21
Production Number: 173-3647
Airdate: Friday March 24th, 1961

Guest Stars
Dane ClarkDane Clark
As Ace Larsen
Buddy EbsenBuddy Ebsen
As Jimbo Cobb

Co-Guest Stars
Christine WhiteChristine White
As Kitty Cavanaugh
Nesdon BoothNesdon Booth
As Phil Nolan
William KeeneWilliam Keene
As Desk Clerk
Clancy CooperClancy Cooper
As Truck Driver
Jane BurgessJane Burgess
As Sheila
Joe ScottJoe Scott
As Croupier
Robert RiordanRobert Riordan
As Hotel Manager
Main Cast
Rod SerlingRod Serling
As Narrator/Host


Ace Larsen and his friend Jimbo Cobb work at a diner out in the desert. Ace is a compulsive gambler, losing to a one-armed bandit and a coin flip to a truck driver. His girl Kitty Cavanaugh objects and leaves for the night, and Ace insists to Jimbo that he needs to get enough money to marry her and keep her in style. They're interrupted when a car crashed into a nearby power substation. They run out to help but the passengers are trapped with high-power wires all around. Jimbo concentrates... and lifts the car clear of the wires...

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Episode Notes
Buddy Ebsen is best known for playing Jed Clampett on The Beverly Hillbillies.

Christine White was also in "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet."

Nesdon Booth was also in "Escape Clause."

William Keene was also in "The Midnight Sun."

Episode Quotes
Opening Narration
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.

Ace Larsen: Where are you going?
Kitty Cavanaugh: Home and to bed. Any objections?
Ace Larsen: No, honey, I wouldn't blame you if you quit.
Kitty Cavanaugh: I can't. You owe me three months' salary.

Ace Larsen: Sure it is, Phil. Sure it is. Ba da boom, huh, honey! Right? Win a million, lose a million, just like that, right. Okay, eleven is the number.
Jimbo Cobb: Ace-
Ace Larsen: You got it? Eleven! And this is it.
Jimbo Cobb: Ace-
Ace Larsen: Now don't bother me.
Jimbo Cobb: Ace, listen, I-
Ace Larsen: Alright, eleven. Eleven, eleven, eleven! And there it is!
Phil Nolan: Tough luck, trooper.
Ace Larsen: Huh?
Phil Nolan: You got nerve, pal. I like that. (Ace sees that he rolled a three) Next time you want to play a little game, trooper, give us a call. (They all leave)
Jimbo Cobb: Look, I'm sorry, but I was trying to tell you I... something happened. I lost the power. I guess a fuse blew out. You're not mad at me, are you, Ace? I mean, I couldn't help it.
Sheila: You mean we're not going to Lake Mead?
Ace Larsen: Well, he blew his fuse. (Sheila leaves) You blew... (Ace starts laughing) You blew a fuse? (They both start laughing)

Kitty: You sure you don't want to stop them?
Ace Larsen: What are you talking? Who needs that hunk of junk anyway? That's strictly for suckers. Come on. Out, out, out, out, out! Go on, you one-armed bandit. Go rob somebody else for a change. Um, Kitty? Kitty, look, I was thinking, you know, now that that thing's out of here, I bet you that Jimbo and me could, you know, pull enough money each month to, after what we, you know...will you marry me? (Jimbo drops his broom) Won't you be quiet? I'm proposing, for crying out loud.
Kitty: Jimbo, do you have a quarter? Call it. (Flips the quarter)
Ace Larsen: Heads?
Kitty: All right, Mr. Larsen. I will marry you.

Closing Narration
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.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorRod Serling
Executive ProducerRod Serling
ProducerBuck Houghton
Associate ProducerDel Reisman
EditorBill Mosher
CastingEthel Winant
Set DecoratorHenry Grace  |  H. Web Arrowsmith
Director of PhotographyGeorge T. Clemens
Art DirectorPhilip Barber  |  George W. Davis
Production ManagerE. Darrell Hallenbeck  |  Sidney Van Keuren
Sound EditorFranklin Milton  |  Charles Scheid
Main Title ThemeMarius Constant
Assistant DirectorJack Boyer
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