The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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The Self-Improvement of Salvadore Ross 

Salvadore Ross has a unique talent where he can trade physical characteristics with other people and will do anything to get the love of Leah Maitland.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Salvadore Ross
Leah Maitland
Mr. Maitland
Old Man
Mr. Halpert
Douglas Lambert ...
Albert (as Doug Lambert)


Salvadore Ross is a volatile mix of violence and frustration. He's not very bright and hasn't made much of himself so far. He is very much in love with Leah Maitland though she has told him she doesn't want to see him anymore. He thinks she won't see him because her father doesn't approve and that they both think she can do better. When he realizes he can actually exchange parts of himself, like his age, with others he sets out on a path to make himself more acceptable to both of them. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

17 January 1964 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Albert Rowe was born in 1944. See more »


[closing narration]
Narrator: The Salvadore Ross program for self-improvement. The all-in-one, surefire success course that lets you lick the bully, learn the language, dance the tango, and anything else you want to do - or think you want to do. Money-back guarantee. Offer limited to - The Twilight Zone.
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Interesting Power
16 December 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As the previous reviewer said, you have to take the power that Salvadore has as gospel, or there is no story. This is another story based on irony, as you will see if you watch it to its conclusion. This is a story about power and anger. Ross is a low life who wants power and one day he manages to get it. It's interesting that in some ways he is very wise while also being incredibly short sighted. He doesn't really understand why this girl finds him so repugnant, yet he seems to have a grasp of what will make him attractive to her. She is very up front with him but he really is abusive. There are several scenes of arm grabbing and hurting. This guy is a loose cannon and needs to be stopped, all the other stuff aside. There is justice, however. He who lives by the sword, dies by the sword.

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