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He's Alive

"He's Alive"
The Twilight Zone episode
Episode no. Season 4
Episode 106
Directed by Stuart Rosenberg
Written by Rod Serling
Production code 4856
Original air date January 24, 1963
Guest actors

Dennis Hopper: Peter Vollmer
Ludwig Donath: Ernst Ganz
Curt Conway: Adolf Hitler
Paul Mazursky: Frank
Howard Caine: Nicholas "Nick" Bloss
Barnaby Hale: Stanley
Jay Adler: Gibbons
Wolfe Barzell: Proprietor
Bernard Fein: Heckler
Chet Brandenburg: Audience member
Paul Bryar: Policeman
Bobby Gilbert: Man with cat
Buck Harrington: Audience member
Ed Haskett: Audience member
Robert McCord: Cop
William Meader: Townsman in brawl
William H. O'Brien: Audience member
Charles Seel: Detective

"He's Alive" is a fourth-season episode of The Twilight Zone. It tells of an American neo-Nazi who is inspired by the ghost of Adolf Hitler. A personal passion of Rod Serling, it concludes that figures such as Hitler will always be alive so long as prejudice and ignorance persist.


  • Opening Narration 1
  • Plot 2
  • Closing narration 3
  • Other 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Opening Narration


Peter Vollmer (Dennis Hopper), 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 (Ludwig Donath), spent nine years in Dachau and strongly disapproves of Vollmer's politics. Ernst disrupts a rally accusing Vollmer of being "nothing but a cheap copy" of the German Führer. After the failed rally, responding to the shadowy man's accusation that Vollmer has the instincts of a rabbit, Vollmer 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. Vollmer! 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 Vollmer, looking for a more worthy candidate.

Closing narration


This episode aired 10 days after inauguration speech.


  • DeVoe, Bill. (2008). Trivia from The Twilight Zone. Albany, GA: Bear Manor Media. ISBN 978-1-59393-136-0
  • Grams, Martin. (2008). The Twilight Zone: Unlocking the Door to a Television Classic. Churchville, MD: OTR Publishing. ISBN 978-0-9703310-9-0
  • Zicree, Marc Scott: The Twilight Zone Companion. Sillman-James Press, 1982 (second edition)

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