The Twilight Zone

Season 4 Episode 4

He's Alive

Aired Unknown Jan 24, 1963 on CBS
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Peter Vollmer, a small-time neo-Nazi leader, yearns for more power. Advised by a shadowy benefactor, Vollmer's following grows, as does his ego...

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  • More timely now than when first aired.

    This is more than just a great episode, it is an important one as well. Almost fifty years after it was first aired, hate is still an issue. In our country and throughout the world for that matter. Dennis Hopper plays a small time hate monger in one of the early roles of his career, who gets a lesson in how to really do it right from one of the most evil human monsters ever to walk the face of the earth. For fans of The Twilight Zone and Dennis Hopper as well, this is a must have for your video collection!moreless

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    • (opening narration)
      Narrator: Portrait of a bush-league fuehrer 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'm 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... I invented darkness!! (he steps into the light at last, revealing he's Hitler)

    • (closing narration)
      Narrator: 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.

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