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
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 »
When Maggie is shown singing at the piano, her microphone is clearly not plugged in. The socket where the cord would go is visibly empty. See more »
Rod Serling - Narrator:
His name is Arch Hammer, he's 36 years old. He's been a salesman, a dispatcher, a truck driver, a con man, a bookie, and a part-time bartender. This is a cheap man, a nickel-and-dime man, with a cheapness that goes past the suit and the shirt; a cheapness of mind, a cheapness of taste, a tawdry little shine on the seat of his conscience, and a dark-room squint at a world whose sunlight has never gotten through to him. But Mr. Hammer has a talent, discovered at a very early ...
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This episode shows a guy who can change the appearance of his face at will. They also apparently change his voice too. This doesn't seem to go to his whole body. He does however need to have a clear image of someone to shapeshift. The best part is probably in the middle where it shows him taking on the appearance of this guy who abandoned his father. This is really a very emotional scene.
We don't know much about the father, but we still get a lot developed in a short time. It's hard to feel sympathetic for someone who manipulates everyone else. You do have to tune in to the end for it to be truly rewarding. Trust me that it is. It's not one of the highest rated episodes here, but I still loved it. It's still enough for an anthology series. ***1/2
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