The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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He's Alive 

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.


Stuart Rosenberg


Rod Serling, Rod Serling (created by)




Episode complete credited cast:
Dennis Hopper ... Peter Vollmer
Ludwig Donath ... Ernst Ganz
Paul Mazursky ... Frank
Howard Caine ... Nick
Barnaby Hale Barnaby Hale ... Stanley
Jay Adler ... Gibbons
Wolfe Barzell ... Proprietor
Bernard Fein Bernard Fein ... Heckler
Curt Conway ... Adolf Hitler


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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Within a week after the telecast, Rod Serling and his staff reportedly received four thousand pieces of vitriolic hate mail. See more »


While Vollmer is demanding to know the identity of the man in the shadows, he accidentally knocks a microphone from his podium to the floor but continues to record the take. See more »


Adolf Hitler: [Peter has returned after executing Ernst Ganz] ... What did you kill, Mr. Vollmer? A man?
Peter Vollmer: Not a man, a disease. One which had to be cured.
Adolf Hitler: [approving] Indeed. How did it feel, to cure this disease?
Peter Vollmer: ...It felt like I was *immortal.*
Adolf Hitler: [thunderous] Mr. Vollmer! WE *ARE* IMMORTAL!
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References The Devil-Doll (1936) See more »


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Lots of Verbiage; Little Plot
21 April 2014 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

I have to admit that I did like Dennis Hopper in this role. He was a young, rising star in the day. While he had some important roles, he never really became the new Marlon Brando that some expected. In this effort, he plays a Neo-Nazi who spouts the standard ravings and continually pushed off the stage, sometimes in peals of laughter. He has a connection to an old Jewish man who knows what a loser he is, but who still gives him shelter and a sort of father figure to latch on to. This really confuses the issue. We ask why, with this role model, he has become so jaded. Things are going bad for these nasties until Hopper meets a man whose face is in the shadows. He gives advice on how to control the masses. Pretty soon our hero is able to exude his venom, using the shortcomings of his audiences to pull them in. He falls totally under the control of this guy and starts to get a lot attention. The problem with this episode is that the Hopper character is utterly unconvincing. He is too malleable on the one hand and incredibly decisive on the other. He has no consistency. And then there is his old friend and mentor. It's silly and melodramatic.

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24 January 1963 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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