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
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[encountering Pop on the street]
Hey, old man.
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]
Hey! Now, wait a minute! Now, wait a minute. You - you got the wrong guy. I swear to you, you got the wrong guy!
I got the right guy.
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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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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