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Twilight Zone - A Penny for Your Thoughts (1961)
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This episode of the CBS television program "Twilight Zone" shows American coins in circulation in 1961.
 
The television series ran from 1959 to 1965.
 
This episode is titled "A Penny for Your Thoughts" and was first broadcast on February 3, 1961.
 
The story is about a bank employee who finds that he can read people's thoughts.
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1. Title
 
Hector B. Poole is a man who lives in New York City and works for a small bank.
He takes a subway and then walks to work.
 
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2. Hector walks to work
 
Hector stops at a newsstand and buys a newspaper from the dealer.
 
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3. Hector buys a morning newspaper
 
He pays with a quarter (US 25 cents) which he flips into the dealer's coin box.
The quarter lands on it's edge.
 
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4. Quarter on edge in coin box
 
US coins visible in this scene are silver Walking Liberty half dollars, Washington quarters,
Roosevelt dimes, Buffalo and Jefferson nickels (including a 1940's silver war nickel).
 
The dealer tells Hector that, because the quarter is on it's edge, "today is your lucky day".
Hector starts hearing voices and confused, steps out to the street and is hit by car.
 
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5. Hector hit by car
 
Hector hears the driver apologize, then hears him call him an idiot.
He then realizes that he is hearing people's thoughts.
 
Rod Serling, the host and principal write of "The Twilight Zone", then appears.
 
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6. Rod Serling's introduction
 
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.
 
Hector walks to the bank where he works and enters.
He hears the thoughts of a couple of customers, including a businessman who is about to get a
$200,000 business improvement loan.
This customer is planning to head for a racetrack to bet on horses.
 
Hector accuses the businessman of gambling which costs the bank a customer.
Other bank employees notice that Hector is acting strangely.
 
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7. Man with bills
 
These appear to be standard Mexican Revolution motion picture stage money bills.
Since the 1920's, motion picture companies have used these notes, reprinted from
Mexican Revolution (1910-1925) notes issued by the states of Chihuahua and Sonora.
These are printed with the denomination '5'.
 
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8. Lady with bills
 
The woman holds similar bills printed with the denomination '20'.
 
Helen Turner is a woman who works at the bank who admires Hector.
 
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9. Helen watches Hector
 
Hector hears her thoughts that she wishes that he would ask her out.
 
He hears an elderly employee Smithers think about embezzling money and then going to Bermuda,
then warns the bank manager Mr. Bagby.
 
Bagby has the bank guard search Smither's bag.
 
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10. Bagby searches Smither's bag
 
Nothing incriminating is found in the bag and Bagby fires Hector.
 
Hector visits Helen to talk to her.
 
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11. Hector tells Helen
 
Hector tells Helen that he can read minds but she is skeptical.
 
The manager learns that the businessman was arrested at a racetrack,
and that Hector saved the bank from a bad loan.
He offers to reinstate Hector.
 
Helen is listening to the conversation and sends a message to Hector.
 
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12. Helen sends a message
 
The message is that he should hold out for a promotion which he receives.
 
He has always called Helen "Miss Turner" but she is now more friendly.
 
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13. "Call me Helen"
 
They leave the bank and pass the newsstand where Hector buys another paper.
The quarter from the morning is still on it's edge.
 
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14. Quarter on still on edge in coin box
 
US coins visible in this scene are silver Franklin and Walking Liberty half dollars, Washington quarters,
Mercury and Roosevelt dimes, Buffalo and Jefferson nickels.
 
Hectors new quarter knocks the old quarter off it's edge.
The newspaper dealer complains but Hector is happy as he can no longer hear thoughts.
Helen and Hector walk to the subway station.
 
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15. Together
 
Rod Serling voice appears:
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.
 
The end title appears over the box of coins.
 
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16. End title
 
US coins visible in this scene now include a Standing Liberty quarter, an old coin even in 1961,
as they were last made in 1930.
Notes:
 
Cast:
Dick York as Hector B. Poole
June Dayton as Helen Turner
 
Director: James Sheldon
Writers: George Clayton Johnson, Rod Serling
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