The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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The Four of Us Are Dying 

A man who can change his face to look like other people uses his ability to improve his life regardless of his affect on others.

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Harry Townes ...
Arch Hammer
Phillip Pine ...
Virge Sterig
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Johnny Foster
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Andy Marshak
Harry Jackson ...
Trumpeter
Bernard Fein ...
Penell
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Mr. Marshak
Milton Frome ...
Detective
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Maggie
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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 garykmcd

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1 January 1960 (USA)  »

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Trivia

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 The Twilight Zone: Where Is Everybody? (1959). See more »

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Spelling of Sterig is given as Steric in newspaper article. See more »

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Penell: Virge, this is the happiest day of my life!
Virge Sterig: [laughs] This is the happiest day of your life, how come you look like somebody just stuck lemon juice in your beer, huh?
[laughs]
Virge Sterig: No, Mr. Penell, you're not so happy. You got no reason to be happy. Believe me, Mr. Penell, I know. You got no reason to be happy. No reason at all. Now if you could've kept me in the river, a cold clammy little item without a voice,
[poking Penell]
Virge Sterig: *Then* you could've been happy. But this is one double-cross, Mr Penell, that...
[...]
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Too Marvellous For Words
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Written by Johnny Mercer and Richard A. Whiting
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Chameleon
16 May 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Four different players guest star in this unique Twilight Zone episode where a man has the ability to change his facial appearance on a whim if he has a face to concentrate on.

It occurred to me watching this episode that not only did this individual take on the face, but the whole identity of the person he concentrated on. It was like he invaded the souls of Harry Townes, Ross Martin, Don Gordon and Philip Pine.

As luck would have it these four are not the best specimens of human kind that this chameleon changed into. The last choice he made was truly a bad one.

A really offbeat episode from a series that was certainly offbeat.


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