The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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The Prime Mover 

A compulsive gambler cajoles his friend to use his telekinesis to affect the results of the gambling tables in Las Vegas.


Richard L. Bare


Charles Beaumont, Rod Serling (created by)

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Episode complete credited cast:
Dane Clark ... Ace Larsen
Buddy Ebsen ... Jimbo Cobb
Christine White ... Kitty Cavanaugh
Nesdon Booth Nesdon Booth ... Big Phil Nolan
Clancy Cooper ... Trucker
Jane Burgess Jane Burgess ... Sheila


Ace Larson owns a roadside diner. It's a dreary existence for him, his girlfriend Kitty Cavanaugh, and his friend and employee Jimbo Cobb. Through a serious accident just outside his 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 or 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 garykmcd/edited by statmanjeff

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Release Date:

24 March 1961 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film clip of the car crash is from the end of Thunder Road (1958). See more »


When Jimbo levitates the phone to answer it from the desk to his bed (about 16:00) the wire suspending it can be seen as the phone moves across the room. See more »


[closing narration]
Narrator: 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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Referenced in Everybody Wants Some!! (2016) See more »

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Mind Power
27 October 2014 | by AaronCapenBannerSee all my reviews

Buddy Ebsen plays roadside diner employee Jimbo Cobb, who one day develops telekinetic powers after a nearby car accident involving electrical wires seems to trigger it. His boss Ace Larsen(played by Dane Clark) finds out about it, and decides to get rich quick by taking his girlfriend Kitty and of course Jimbo to Las Vegas, and are a big success at the roulette table, since Jimbo can flip the dice to match their winning numbers. Ace becomes greedy though, entering a private game with shady characters, betting all their winnings to get one big score, much to Jimbo's disapproval... Slight but entertaining episode has a good cast make up for predictable outcome.

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