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
Though Hammer, Foster, Sterig, and Marshank had been planned to be performed by a sole actor using different makeup, the production crew timed the planned scene and noted his time wearing makeup would exceed that of him in front of the camera, so four actors were used. See more »
Spelling of Sterig is given as Steric in newspaper article. See more »
Rod Serling - Narrator:
He was Arch Hammer, a cheap little man who just checked in. He was Johnny Foster, who played a trumpet and was loved beyond words. He was Virgil Sterig, with money in his pocket. He was Andy Marshak, who got some of his agony back on a sidewalk in front of a cheap hotel. Hammer, Foster, Sterig, Marshak-and all four of them were dying.
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I am a fan of "The Twilight Zone", but I have noticed that many of the reviews are so positive you'd get the impression that every episode was golden. No anthology series is THAT good that there aren't a few bland or sub-par episodes. "The Four of Us Are Dying" is indeed one of these bland episodes. It's not bad, really--it just isn't particularly good or memorable.
The show begins with some guy showing himself in the mirror that can change his face at will just by concentrating. It's an interesting idea, though how and why he does what he does in the episode is awfully vague. In one case it's obvious he's doing this to cheat someone out of money--but why mess with the lady whose boyfriend died?! It was as if they had an interesting idea but didn't know where to go with it. And, not unexpectedly, by the end the guy with the chameleon face gets his comeuppance--no big surprise when you are in the Twilight Zone.
No great twist, no memorable moments...this one is worth seeing if you have nothing better to do.
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