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Rate Episode: 106 - He's Alive
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ORIGINALLY BROADCAST: January 24, 1963
STARRING CAST: Dennis Hopper, Ludwig Donath, Curt Conway, Howard Caine, Paul Mazursky
WRITER: Rod Serling
DIRECTOR: Stuart Rosenberg

Peter Vollmer is the product of a broken home, the desperate hopelessness of poverty, and the social disease of "scapegoat prejudice." Peter Vollmer is an angry man with self delusions of grandeur; of a higher purpose in life. He has found the building blocks in which to create his expected rise: hate, prejudice, and violence. Mr. Peter Vollmer, a scared little boy who became and equally scarred little man. A man who fancies himself the next in a long and illustrious line of Despots, Emperors and Fuhrers. Tonight, Mr. Peter Vollmer spouts his twisted message from a street corner near you; but have no fear. This street corner is located at a murky intersection of Reality Road and the Twilight Zone.



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One of the season 4 episodes that is most underrated. I love watching how Dennis Hopper gets taught oratory by the ghost of Hitler, even though the ideology behind the speeches is of course despicable, its great to see any powerful speech by a leader figure being delivered, which is also one of the reasons that makes "On Thursday We leave for Home" so good to me. The ending with the shadow of Hitler's ghost and Serling's end narration really give it a great haunting atmosphere too, so I give it a 9.


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Thankfully he didn't stay alive. Tiresome, slow and dull.


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One of the season 4 episodes that is most underrated.

Perfectly put, I so agree.

I love watching how Dennis Hopper gets taught oratory by the ghost of Hitler, even though the ideology behind the speeches is of course despicable, its great to see any powerful speech by a leader figure being delivered, which is also one of the reasons that makes "On Thursday We leave for Home" so good to me. The ending with the shadow of Hitler's ghost and Serling's end narration really give it a great haunting atmosphere too, so I give it a 10.

I think Hopper's acting at this stage of his life was not superb, yet it is a detail that I surpass due to the grander scheme of things. The world should not forget the tyrants of the past, we should be on guard to make this planet harmonious.

I remember reading the script before seeing the episode, I found the writing to be splendid.

I liked the other actors in this, I too like the shadow, and Serling's Intro and Outro here.

10 Zones, it is a signature zone that should be used in he lecture hall.

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Mr.Z wrote:
One of the season 4 episodes that is most underrated.

Perfectly put, I so agree.

I love watching how Dennis Hopper gets taught oratory by the ghost of Hitler, even though the ideology behind the speeches is of course despicable, its great to see any powerful speech by a leader figure being delivered, which is also one of the reasons that makes "On Thursday We leave for Home" so good to me. The ending with the shadow of Hitler's ghost and Serling's end narration really give it a great haunting atmosphere too, so I give it a 9.

I think Hopper's acting at this stage of his life was not superb, yet it is a detail that I surpass due to the grander scheme of things. The world should not forget the tyrants of the past, we should be on guard to make this planet harmonious.

I remember reading the script before seeing the episode, I found the writing to be splendid.

I liked the other actors in this, I too like the shadow, and Serling's Intro and Outro here.

10 Zones, it is a signature zone that should be used in he lecture hall.


I'm glad there's at least someone that agrees with me :D


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One of the season 4 episodes that is most underrated.

Perfectly put, I so agree.

I love watching how Dennis Hopper gets taught oratory by the ghost of Hitler, even though the ideology behind the speeches is of course despicable, its great to see any powerful speech by a leader figure being delivered, which is also one of the reasons that makes "On Thursday We leave for Home" so good to me. The ending with the shadow of Hitler's ghost and Serling's end narration really give it a great haunting atmosphere too, so I give it a 9.

I think Hopper's acting at this stage of his life was not superb, yet it is a detail that I surpass due to the grander scheme of things. The world should not forget the tyrants of the past, we should be on guard to make this planet harmonious.

I remember reading the script before seeing the episode, I found the writing to be splendid.

I liked the other actors in this, I too like the shadow, and Serling's Intro and Outro here.

10 Zones, it is a signature zone that should be used in he lecture hall.


I'm glad there's at least someone that agrees with me :D


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I am glad to see another fan of this great episode. You are Zone $$$

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I've probably seen this one four or five times and it gets less interesting every time. Serling is especially heavy-handed and preachy here. Dennis Hopper is also too wimpy and bland to play this part. The only part I like is the creepy shadow of Hitler on the brick wall during Serling's closing narration. Serling's closing narration itself is poor as well. There just isn't much to like here. Weak.

My rating: 3 - Fair

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Yes, Serling is a bit over the top in his story telling here, but I believe thats obviously the way it was meant to be.
Perhaps he could have eased off a little, but in its own way I think it works.


Now this episode deals with Hitler, and how people /tyrants can influence others.
While I like this episode, I don't care for it as much as "Death's Head Revisited", which I feel is much stronger.
But that episode is much more of a "shock/in your face" episode, whereas this is flushed out a bit more.


Hopper does seem a bit "wimpy" as whit put it, but I believe this may possibly* be on purpose. Think about it,if this is the case, it certainly works as far as degrading his character a notch.
Whether or not this was intended, we may never know, but its interesting to think about.

I haven't seen this one in quite a while, I think a rewatch is in order.

This really isn't the most popular episode, and I can see where some may not like it, but the story does work, even though it may be shoved at us a bit.


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I ditto Whitsbrain. :bow: I cannot argue with a man who is evolutionarily, a million years ahead of
even Ol' Creeper. :clap: Not to put anyone else's opinion down at all, but it just didn't work for
me. :cry: Sorry............................... :roll:


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I cannot argue with a man who is evolutionarily, a million years ahead of
even Ol' Creeper. :clap:


I love it..................... :dance:

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Here is my opinion about this episode - sure, it probably wasn't requested - but here you go anyway.

The main item that did not sell this episode for me was we knew going into it Vollmer was a Nazi. It was just too easy to figure out the identity of the shadowed figure. This would have played better if Vollmer started out in street clothes, then progressed into suits, until finally he gets to the full uniform phase. It would have evolved into a more solid story progression.

As whitsbrain pointed out, Vollmer was just too wimpy. During his power rise, his bravery and leadership skills should have began to evolve too. The ending would have played better when we see that deep down he is still a wimp. As written, he doesn't show the charm or leadership qualities to gather followers. He doesn't portray the necessary charisma and public stalwartness to even have the ghost of Hitler consider Vollmer worthy enough of a candidate to attempt a rebirth.
Hopper could have easily risen to this challenge but just wasn't asked of him.

I appreciate where Rod was going with this episode. Bigotry and hatred can be found in many forms, on any street, and in anyones mind. At a 1/2 hour this would have played better because the evolution aspect wouldn't have needed to be included and the story line would have been tighter. This episode just seems stretched past the point of interest because we are 10 minutes ahead of the characters.


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I appreciate where Rod was going with this episode. Bigotry and hatred can be found in many forms, on any street, and in anyones mind. At a 1/2 hour this would have played better because the evolution aspect wouldn't have needed to be included and the story line would have been tighter. This episode just seems stretched past the point of interest because we are 10 minutes ahead of the characters. [/align]

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DrM, always great commentary, great sir. Just wondering if they divided the time on this one, do you think you would double your score? lol

( Imagine they named this one, He's Dead, and had Shatner play the lead,lol).

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Mr.Z wrote:
Just wondering if they divided the time on this one, do you think you would double your score? lol


It's possible. Quite possible. ;)

Shatner as Hitler: Mr. ... Vollmer - you must --bring them ... to you! :lol:


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DrM, lol, actually, minuses the dramatic pauses, the two men did/do have extreme charisma.

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An 8. The idea of grooming a successor appeals to me.

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I've always enjoyed this episode. Watching it now I really see this less as a Zone and more of just Rod's commentary on the subject matter of prejudice and the Nazi regime. Of course it was easy knowing who the shadowy figure was, but placing him in the shadows does lend to being in the Twilight Zone and providing a little mystery (even if we can come to the conclusion rather easily). I love Dennis Hopper so watching him here in a TZ was a treat. I enjoyed the story; it felt a little sluggish but nothing too noticeable for me. Thus far I've enjoyed the first quarter of Season 4.

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How do you find a martyr? You do not find one, mr.
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Wow, Great pic, where did you find it?

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