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 effect on others.


John Brahm


Rod Serling (teleplay by), George Clayton Johnson (based on a short story by) (as George Johnson)


Episode complete credited cast:
Harry Townes ... Arch Hammer
Phillip Pine ... Virge Sterig
Ross Martin ... Johnny Foster
Don Gordon ... Andy Marshak
Harry Jackson Harry Jackson ... Trumpeter
Bernard Fein Bernard Fein ... Penell
Peter Brocco ... Mr. Marshak
Milton Frome ... Detective
Beverly Garland ... Maggie




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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Though Hammer, Foster, Sterig, and Marshank had been planned to be performed by a sole actor using different makeup, the production crew timed the planned scene and noted his time wearing makeup would exceed that of him in front of the camera, so four actors were used. See more »


Rod Serling - 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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Weak Episode
4 February 2014 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

The cheap conman Arch Hammer (Harry Townes) arrives in a city and lodges in a low-budget hotel. He has the ability to change his face, and he decides to take the appearance of the recently deceased trumpeter Johnny Foster (Ross Martin). Then he goes to the night-club where Johnny used to play and seduces his lover, the singer Maggie (Beverly Garland). When the trumpeter and friend of Johnny follows him, he changes his face of the deceased gangster Virge Sterig (Phillip Pine) to take money from the man who killed him. He escapes from the gangsters and uses the face of the boxer Andy Marshak (Don Gordon) to lure the criminals. But he has an unexpected encounter that will affect him.

"The Four of Us Are Dying" is a weak episode of "The Twilight Zone". The story of a man that can change his face the way he wants is only reasonable. My vote is five.

Title (Brazil): "Além da Imaginação: The Four of Us Are Dying" ("Beyond Imagination - The Four of Us Are Dying")

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1 January 1960 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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