Twilight Zone: Season 4, Episode 4

He's Alive (24 Jan. 1963)
"The Twilight Zone" He's Alive (original title)

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Around 1960, a tiny neo-Nazi organization struggles pathetically to succeed in a big city. A mysterious figure begins to ruthlessly guide a young, insecure U.S. Nazi leader, and the group begins to draw more attention.

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Peter Vollmer is the leader of a small neo-Nazi movement in a large American city. He's having trouble getting his message across and seems to alienate people every time he opens his mouth. After a particularly bad rally, he hears a voice and sees a man standing in the shadows. He begins to advise Peter on what to say and how he can structure his message to make it more appealing to his particular audience. Peter has success but his mentor begins pushing him to extremes. There is a limit however and there is a voice of reason in the mob that seemed so willing to follow him. Written by garykmcd

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The only episode to exclude the words "The Twilight Zone (1959)" in the closing narration. See more »

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In the opening scene, Peter Vollmer is hit with a tomato or other vegetable in the face which splatters along the left side of his head, hair, neck and left shoulder part of his shirt. He has no residue at all on any of those areas after he briefly fights with the heckler immediately after getting hit by the vegetable. Shortly later, when he returns home after the brief fight, the opposite side of his shirt (the right side which did not get splattered) has several spots evenly spread over that side...more spots than he could have gotten by falling in the street during his brief fight. See more »

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Adolf Hitler: We sent them into the ovens, but always there was a handful left to point a finger.
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almost great
11 April 2008 | by (Portland, Oregon, United States) – See all my reviews

The most chilling thing to me in watching this episode is that now, more than 40 years after this episode first aired, all of the things that Peter Vollmer says in his speeches are heard on talk radio and several TV commentators now in the USA. Even the phrasing is the same. I would love to know the source of the item in the trivia section, that claims this episode generated more hate mail than any other episode -- what did people hate about it? This episode is almost great; I'm sure the identity of the man in the shadows was a big surprise to audiences of the time, but for those of us who have been raised on Serling-type surprises, you know what's coming. Why the episode is not great is the ending; it just kind of washes out. Still, Hopper's performance is frightening and believable, and this episode is must-see.


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