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The Twilight Zone: He's Alive

A young American hatemonger is inspired by the spirit of Adolf Hitler to rise to his own power.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 4x4
Production Number: 4856
Airdate: Thursday January 24th, 1963

Director: Stuart Rosenberg
Writer: Rod Serling

Guest Stars
Bernard FeinBernard Fein
As Heckler
Jay AdlerJay Adler
As Gibbons
Paul MazurskyPaul Mazursky
As Frank
Barnaby HaleBarnaby Hale
As Stanley
Curt ConwayCurt Conway
As Benefactor
Dennis HopperDennis Hopper
As Peter Vollmer
Ludwig DonathLudwig Donath
As Ernst Ganz
Wolfe BarzellWolfe Barzell
As Proprietor
Main Cast
Rod SerlingRod Serling
As Narrator/Host


After receiving guidance from a mysterious man, Peter Vollmer becomes a popular neo-Nazi speaker. A life-long friend, Ernest Ganz, interupts one of his speeches and slaps Peter viciously. The crowd then sees Peter as he is - a pathetic little man. His mystery man reveals himself to be Adolph Hitler, and orders Peter to kill Ganz . He obeys and is shot down by the police. Peter can't believe he has been shot. "There's something wrong here...Don't you understand I'm made of steel," he states after being shot...

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Episode Notes
Paul Mazursky later became a director of such films as Down and Out in Beverly Hills.

Dennis Hopper would once again work with director Stuart Rosenberg, just a few years later on the movie Cool Hand Luke.

Bernard Fein was also in "The Four of Us are Dying."

Jay Adler is also in "The Jungle."

Paul Mazursky was also in "The Purple Testament" and "The Gift."

This episode is the only one which the phrase "The Twilight Zone," was ever mentioned in the closing credits.

This episode received a lot of hate mail from loyal viewers.

Episode Quotes
Opening Narration
Portrait of a bush-league fuhrer named Peter Vollmer, a sparse little man who feeds off his self-delusions and finds himself perpetually hungry for want of greatness in his diet. And like some goose-stepping predecessors he searches for something to explain his hunger, and to rationalize why a world passes him by without saluting. That something he looks for and finds is in a sewer. In his own twisted and distorted lexicon he calls it faith, strength, truth. But in just a moment Peter Vollmer will ply his trade on another kind of corner, a strange intersection in a shadowland called the Twilight Zone.

Peter: There's something very wrong here...Don't you understand that I am made out of steel!?

Benefactor: (whose face we still cannot see as of yet) Mr. Vollmer, I was writing and delivering speeches decades before you could read or understand them! I was fighting battles, when your only struggle was to climb out of a womb!! I was taking over the world, when your universe was a crib!!! And as for being in Darkness, Mr. Vollmer...(he steps into the light at last)...I invented darkness!

Closing Narration
Where will he go next, this phantom from another time, this resurrected ghost of a previous nightmare--Chicago; Los Angeles; Miami, Florida; Vincennes, Indiana; Syracuse, New York? Anyplace, everyplace, where there's hate, where there's prejudice, where there's bigotry. He's alive. He's alive so long as these evils exist. Remember that when he comes to your town. Remember it when you hear his voice speaking out through others. Remember it when you hear a name called, a minority attacked, any blind, unreasoning assault on a people or any human being. He's alive because through these things we keep him alive.

Episode Goofs
Philip Redfield pulls into a gas station and opens his radiator cap and nothing happens. This action would have released a rush of steam.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorRod Serling
Executive ProducerRod Serling
ProducerHerbert Hirschman
Associate ProducerMurray Golden
EditorRichard W. Farrell
Set DesignerHenry Grace
Set DecoratorDon Greenwood, Jr.
Director of PhotographyGeorge T. Clemens
Art DirectorGeorge W. Davis  |  Edward C. Carfagno
Production ManagerRalph Nelson
Sound EditorJoe Edmondson  |  Franklin Milton
Main Title ThemeMarius Constant
Assistant DirectorRay DeCamp
Assistant To The DirectorJohn Conwell
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