Arch Hammer arrives in the city and checks into a seedy hotel. He looks like any other man but looks can be deceiving. Hammer has the ability to change his appearance at whim, a trick he definitely uses to his own advantage. He takes on the appearance of the recently deceased musician Johnny Foster. who died in a car accident. He goes to meet Maggie, a lounge singer who is mourning Foster's death and convinces her to run off with him. He then takes on the appearance of Virge Sterig, a gangster whose bullet-riddled body was recently found in the river. He then visits mob boss Penell who double-crossed him to get his share of the money their most recent job. An unplanned change of face doesn't go over well however. Written by
The industrial rock band Nine Inch Nails most likely named a song after this episode. It is off their 2008 release called "The Slip." Similarly, they also have a song called "Where Is Everybody?" on their album "The Fragile" (1999), named for Twilight Zone: Where Is Everybody? (1959). See more »
Spelling of Sterig is given as Steric in newspaper article. See more »
His name is Arch Hammer, he's 36 years old. He's been a salesman, a dispatcher, a truck driver, a con man, a bookie, and a part-time bartender. This is a cheap man, a nickel-and-dime man, with a cheapness that goes past the suit and the shirt; a cheapness of mind, a cheapness of taste, a tawdry little shine on the seat of his conscience, and a dark-room squint at a world whose sunlight has never gotten through to him. But Mr. Hammer has a talent, discovered at a very early ...
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Harry Townes is an ordinary man, but with an extraordinary talent. He can change faces by concentrating on the alterations he wants to make. He also acquires the persona and memory of that person, although there are some holes in the logic as the script plays out. Needless to say, holes or not, this makes for some interesting situations.
As Ross Martin, a small time Romeo, he rekindles love affair with sultry torch singer Beverly Garland, whose performance far surpasses the ordinary and should have won her a TZ Supporting Actress Oscar, if such were given. As other characters, he picks up interesting threads in their lives, using his rubber face to escape tight situations.
Really clever idea, especially well executed by ace director John Brahm. His use of neon montages and off-angle camera shots enclose us in weird, urban atmosphere where anything might happen. Episode's strong point is getting audience to think what they could do with this extraordinary power. Good premise, well executed.
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