The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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A Penny for Your Thoughts 

Gaining telepathic abilities when his coin lands on its edge bank clerk Hector B. Poole learns about the difference between other people's plans and fantasies.


James Sheldon


George Clayton Johnson, Rod Serling (created by)




Episode complete credited cast:
Dick York ... Hector B. Poole
June Dayton ... Helen Turner
Dan Tobin ... E.M. Bagby
Cyril Delevanti ... L.J. Smithers
Hayden Rorke ... Sykes
James Nolan ... Jim
Frank London Frank London ... Driver
Anthony Ray ... Newsboy
Patrick Waltz ... Brand


Bank clerk Hector Poole develops telepathic powers after tossing a coin to a newspaper vendor that miraculously stands on its edge. He discovers the positive and negative effects of listening in on other peoples thoughts, plans and fantasies. Written by laird-3

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Release Date:

3 February 1961 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The title comes from the old English expression "A penny of your thoughts" which dates back to John Heywood's compilation of proverbs "A Dialogue Containing the Number in Effect of all the Proverbs in the English Tongue." See more »


When Bagby emerges from his office to tell Poole about the Ajax loan fraud he prevented, his mouth says "Acme" and not "Ajax", indicating a post-production redub. See more »


[opening narration]
Narrator: Mr. Hector B. Poole, resident of the Twilight Zone. Flip a coin and keep flipping it. What are the odds? Half the time it will come up heads, half the time tails. But in one freakish chance in a million, it'll land on its edge. Mr. Hector B. Poole, a bright human coin - on his way to the bank.
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Referenced in The Twilight Zone: The Lineman (2002) See more »

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This is one of the "office worker" episodes of TWILIGHT ZONE
23 April 2014 | by folylpentaglutamateSee all my reviews

A PENNY FOR YOUR THOUGHTS is one of the Twilight Zone episodes about ordinary office workers. For some reason, these are among the best of the T.Z. episodes, at least in my opinion. Other "office worker" T.Z. episodes include, MIND AND THE MATTER, MR.BEVIS, A KIND OF STOPWATCH, TIME ENOUGH AT LAST, and PERSON OR PERSONS UNKNOWN. At any rate, Penny For Your Thoughts stars Dick York, as a low level banker, who is somewhat under-appreciated for his skills. Also starring, is Cyril Delevanti, who is delightful for the fact that he looks like an Egyptian mummy (he looks very old), and who is also delightful for his amazing performance in the T.Z. episode, PIANO IN THE HOUSE. Penny For Your Thoughts does not really have any surprise ending, and does not really have any ironic twist at the end, as is typical for many T.Z. episodes. In short, Dick York acquires the ability to read minds, due to his tossing of a coin, where it lands on its edge. Through this skill, he learns that a potential client at his bank is planning to use his bank loan for evil ends. Also, he learns that a mousey but lovely co-worker (or is it lovely but mousey co-worker?) would not mind being Dick York's girlfriend. Dick York benefits from both of these mind-readings, but he makes a mistake when he reads the mind of Cyril Delevanti, who is a co-worker at the bank. This episode of T.Z. is an engaging charmer, and it will invite repeated watchings, year after year. In contrast, TO PERSON OR PERSONS UNKNOWN (mentioned above) and which is also about a low-level bank worker, has one of the most ironic endings of all of the T.Z. episodes.

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