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
Peter Brocco ...
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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Narrator: [closing narration] 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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One For My Baby (And One More For The Road)
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Written by Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer
Performed by Beverly Garland
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Many Faces
25 October 2014 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

Harry Townes plays Arch Hammer, an unscrupulous man with the uncanny ability to transform himself into looking like any other man, which he does in the cases of three different men(played by Ross Martin, Don Gordon, and Philip Pine) for the purposes of personal gain, whether it be financial, romantic, or just as a matter of necessity. He can either scan newspaper photographs, posters, or see them in person to make the impersonation work, but in at least one case, it draws the unwanted attention of a revenge-seeking man with murderous intentions... Fine acting here, with good direction, though the details of the plot don't bear close scrutiny(like how he can impersonate not just looks, but voices and mannerisms as well.)


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