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
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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17 January 1964 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The apartment set was previously used in The Twilight Zone: A Short Drink from a Certain Fountain (1963). See more »


Narrator: [opening narration] Confidential personnel file on Salvadore Ross. Personality: a volatile mixture of fury and frustration. Distinguishing physical characteristic: a badly-broken hand, which will require emergency treatment at the nearest hospital. Ambition: shows great determination toward self-improvement. Estimate of potential success: a sure bet for a listing in Who's Who - in The Twilight Zone.
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Bartering personalities
5 September 2016 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Don Gordon with a cast of other familiar character players are in this rather unusual Twilight Zone episode. Gordon while in the hospital being treated for a broken hand learns from J. Patrick O'Malley another patient that human characteristics can be bought, sold, and exchanged like trading cards.

That's important to Gordon because he's a street guy and rough around the edges, but wants very much to marry Gail Kobe and do it with the approval of her father Vaughn Taylor.

Makeup plays a great part in this episode as Gordon both ages and youthens over the course of half hour story. What it all does for him is for you to see the story for.

A good cast which also consists of Douglass Dumbrille puts over I think a really impossible story to swallow if you think just a bit about the premise. Not one of the better Twilight Zones.

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