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 »
[answers the door]
Excuse me, sir, Mr. Penell is not at home this evening.
[Sterig pushes Ramon out of the way]
Who is it, Ramon?
Virgil Sterig - Gangster:
It's *me*, Mr. Penell.
[Penell, in shock, drops his beer and smashes the television]
Virgil Sterig - Gangster:
Picture tubes are expensive, but you can always get yourself another beer. Imported, isn't it? I always liked your taste, Mr. Penell.
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The cheap conman Arch Hammer (Harry Townes) arrives in a city and lodges in a low-budget hotel. He has the ability to change his face, and he decides to take the appearance of the recently deceased trumpeter Johnny Foster (Ross Martin). Then he goes to the night-club where Johnny used to play and seduces his lover, the singer Maggie (Beverly Garland). When the trumpeter and friend of Johnny follows him, he changes his face of the deceased gangster Virge Sterig (Phillip Pine) to take money from the man who killed him. He escapes from the gangsters and uses the face of the boxer Andy Marshak (Don Gordon) to lure the criminals. But he has an unexpected encounter that will affect him.
"The Four of Us Are Dying" is a weak episode of "The Twilight Zone". The story of a man that can change his face the way he wants is only reasonable. My vote is five.
Title (Brazil): "Além da Imaginação: The Four of Us Are Dying" ("Beyond Imagination - The Four of Us Are Dying")
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