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.

Director:

James Sheldon

Writers:

George Clayton Johnson, Rod Serling (created by)
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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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TV-PG
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Trivia

Dick York's character, Hector B. Poole, bears a strong resemblance to Jim Carrey's Stanley Ipkiss in The Mask (1994). Both characters are timid bank employees who suddenly gain supernatural powers. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[closing narration]
Narrator: One time in a million, a coin will land on its edge, but all it takes to knock it over is a vagrant breeze, a vibration, or a slight blow. Hector B. Poole, a human coin, on edge for a brief time - in the Twilight Zone.
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Connections

Referenced in The Twilight Zone: 20/20 Vision (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

Twilight Zone Theme
(theme song)
Composed by Marius Constant
(seasons 2-5)
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Wonderfully entertaining
11 March 2020 | by grantssSee all my reviews

A bank worker suddenly receives the ability to hear people's thoughts. It's a blessing...and a curse.

One of the more folksy, sentimental episodes of The Twilight Zone and it a wonderfully entertaining journey. Leaning more on good old-fashioned story telling than supernatural or sinister themes this episode has drama, quirkiness and even romance. There is the usual twist towards the end but even that has a nice human touch to it.

Great episode.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 February 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Penny for Your Thoughts See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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