The Four of Us Are Dying

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"The Four of Us Are Dying"
The Twilight Zone episode
Episode no.Season 1
Episode 13
Directed byJohn Brahm
Teleplay byRod Serling
Based on"All of Us Are Dying"
by George Clayton Johnson
Featured musicJerry Goldsmith
Production code173-3618
Original air dateJanuary 1, 1960
Guest appearance(s)
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"The Four of Us Are Dying" is episode 13 of the American television anthology series The Twilight Zone. It originally aired on CBS on January 1, 1960.

This is one of the few episodes of the series where Rod Serling does not mention the name of the show in the closing narration.

Opening narration[edit]


Arch Hammer (Harry Townes) is a con man who can change his face to make it look like anyone he chooses.

He walks into a nightclub where he impersonates deceased trumpeter Johnny Foster (Ross Martin) to steal Foster's girlfriend Maggie (Beverly Garland), a sultry singer.

Hammer then pays a visit to Mr. Pennell (Bernard Fein) while impersonating murdered gangster Virgil Sterig (Phillip Pine) to extort money from Pennell, the man who had Sterig killed. Pennell sends his men after Hammer.

Trying to escape down an alley, Hammer changes his face to one he sees on a poster of boxer Andy Marshak (Don Gordon). Thinking he is in the clear, he runs into Marshak's father (Peter Brocco) at a street newsstand, who mistakes him for the son who broke his mother's heart and "did dirt" to a sweet decent little girl who would've "cut off an arm" for him. As Mr. Marshak states how he hates him for his actions, Hammer pushes the old man out of the way and returns to his hotel room. A detective comes to the hotel to pick him up for questioning at the police station. In order to escape from the police officer in a revolving door, Hammer assumes Marshak's appearance again.

On the street, he again bumps into Marshak's father who pulls a gun on him. Hammer tries to show the old man he is not who he thinks he is. Before he can concentrate and change, Mr. Marshak shoots him. As Hammer lies dying, his face shifts from one person to another until he dies wearing his own face as Marshak's father is surprised at what he sees.

Closing narration[edit]


"After the first half-dozen stories had been written, part of the hustle was getting an agent. Through those years I found several who would let me use their names, though few cared to sign a contract with me. One of these men, Jay Richards - at the time head of the television department of the Famous Artists Agency, long since absorbed by I.F.A. (International Famous Agency), and since embedded in I.C.M. (International Creative Management), which represents me now in television and movies - agreed to read something. I showed Jay 'All of Us Are Dying.' After reading it, he crossed out the title with a ballpoint pen and wrote in 'Rubberface!' Then he sent it to Rod Serling, who had a new series that season called The Twilight Zone." — George Clayton Johnson, writing in the August 1981 issue of The Twilight Zone Magazine

In 2005, "The Four of Us Are Dying" was produced for the stage by 4 Letter Entertainment.

Further reading[edit]

  • Zicree, Marc Scott: The Twilight Zone Companion. Sillman-James Press, 1982 (second edition)
  • DeVoe, Bill. (2008). Trivia from The Twilight Zone. Albany, GA: Bear Manor Media. ISBN 978-1-59393-136-0
  • Grams, Martin. (2008). The Twilight Zone: Unlocking the Door to a Television Classic. Churchville, MD: OTR Publishing. ISBN 978-0-9703310-9-0

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