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"The Prime Mover" is an episode of the The Twilight Zone.

From the CBS Video Library cover:


Episode Details

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.

Episode Summary

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 supposedly "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 and, 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, implying he faked his loss of power to snap Ace out of his greed.

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.

Preview for Next Week's Story

Next week, Mr. Charles Beaumont and Mr. William Idelson deliver a story on your doorstep with the title "Long Distance Call". It's uniquely a flesh-and-fantasy tale involving a small boy, a toy telephone and the incredible faith of a child. I hope you're around next week at the usual time which, depending on where you are, varies and in the usual place, the one that never varies - the uncharted regions of The Twilight Zone.


Critical Response

Background Information



Production Companies


  • Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS) (1959) (USA) (TV) (original airing)


Home media release

This episode is included on the Image Entertainment Vol. 9 DVD along with "Nick of Time", "It's a Good Life" and "The Mind and the Matter".


Cast Connections

Memorable Quotes

Notes and References

  1. CBS Video Library: Twilight Zone #? "?/?"; UPC: ?, EAN: ?, ASIN: ?; Format: NTSC, VHS, Collector's Edition (1987)

External Links

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