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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(teleplay by), (based on a short story by) (as George Johnson)
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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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Andy Marshak: [encountering Pop on the street] Hey, old man.
Pop Marshak: You got such a debt, Andy. You owe for so many years. You owe for so many things. And now, you pay off, son.
[pulls up a revolver]
Andy Marshak: Hey! Now, wait a minute! Now, wait a minute. You - you got the wrong guy. I swear to you, you got the wrong guy!
Pop Marshak: [icily] I got the right guy.
Andy Marshak: Now, please. Please wait. Put... put the gun down. I'll show you. I'll show you, honest! But I got to think! I got to concentrate! Just put the gun down. You'll see. I GOT TO ...
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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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'It's Much Too Wonderful'
1 December 2013 | by See all my reviews

There's a pacey, jazzy, nocturnal style about this story about a con-man who can morph his face into a perfect likeness of anyone else's. It's well shot will neon signs illuminating the darkness. A little human depth is added to this snappy fantasy with Beverley Garland torch singing for a musician who died. Arch Hammer's first con here is to make Maggie (Garland) believe he is her lost love, so the rascal is not always fraudulent for financial gain. This scene is impressive and I wonder if Maggie would still be singing 'It's Much Too Wonderful' or stlll be conned after greater intimacy with him? Ross Martin plays the first change of face of Hammer taking over from Harry Townes (Hammer's own face). The facial relay continues with Phillip Pine and then Don Gordon (who went on to play the somewhat tangential personality traits swapping Salvadore Ross in series five).All the actors are good, though the narrative peaks early with Martin and Garland.

Not the kind of stuff that made TZ great, but it's good pulp fiction fantasy of it's era.


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