The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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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)

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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 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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Release Date:

24 January 1963 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


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


When Peter Vollmer is making his speech in the opening scene, he is standing next to a small US flag with 48 stars, which was 4 years out of date at the time of release. See more »


[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 ...
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weak for an episode of Twilight Zone
17 August 2018 | by chihareSee all my reviews

It's a lesson and an eternal story about hatred. The acting and direction are great. But it's too predictable. We suspect all along the identity of the mystery man in the shadows, and imagine what the Twilight Zone twist will be. Will it be the devil, who confesses to also mentoring the other guy in a similar way? Or something ever more far-out? In the end, it's just the guy we expected it to be. It may be good compared to regular tv but it's weak for an episode of Twilight Zone. In the end, it's just a lecture about tolerance.

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