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The Twilight Zone/He's Alive

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He's Alive
Season 4, Episode 4
Airdate January 24, 1963
Production Number 4856
Written by Rod Serling
Directed by Stuart Rosenberg
Produced by Herbert Hirschman
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He's Alive is the fourth episode of the fourth season of The Twilight Zone, and the one hundred sixth episode overall.

Starring: Dennis Hopper (Peter Vollmer), Ludwig Donath (Ernst Ganz)

Additional Cast: Paul Mazursky (Frank), Howard Caine (Nick), Barnaby Hale (Stanley), Jay Adler (Gibbons), Wolfe Barzell (Proprietor), Bernard Fein (Heckler)

and Curt Conway (Adolph Hitler)

Uncredited: Rod Serling (Host)


Plot Overview

Peter Vollmer, the leader of a small and struggling Nazi group, is visited by a shadowy figure who teaches him how to enthrall a crowd. The figure instructs Vollmer to arrange the death of one of his followers, Nick, thereby creating a martyr to rally everyone around. Following the figure's instructions and assistance, Vollmer is considerably more successful and his group's following grows. However, the elderly Jewish man that Vollmer lives with, Ernst Ganz, spent nine years in Dachau and strongly disapproves of Vollmer's politics of hatred. Ernst disrupts a rally, accusing Vollmer of being "nothing but a cheap copy" of Adolf Hitler. After the failed rally, responding to the shadowy man's accusation that Vollmer has the instincts of a rabbit, Vollmar demands to know who his mysterious benefactor is. The man steps forward from the shadows to reveal himself to be Adolf Hitler.

The figure orders Peter to kill Ernst, and Peter steels himself enough to complete the task. Hitler congratulates him and asks him how it felt. Peter replies that he felt immortal. Hitler's thundering response is "Mr. Vollmar! We ARE immortal!" Afterwards, police arrive to arrest Peter for complicity to commit Nick's murder; he is shot while fleeing the scene. Peter stares at his bullet wound, astonished by the pain...and by the sight of his own blood. He addresses the police: "There's something very wrong here...Don't you understand that I'm made out of steel!?"

Hitler leaves the dying Vollmаr, off to look for another worthy candidate.



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