4x04 He's Alive
First Aired: Jan. 24, 1963 on CBS
Summary: A young American hatemonger is inspired by the spirit of Adolf Hitler to rise to his own power.
Main Characters in this Episode
Adolf Hitler: We sent them into the ovens, but always there was a handful left to point a finger.
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 minority attacked, any blind, unreasoning assault on a people or any human being. He's alive because, through these things, we keep him alive.
Narrator: Portrait of a bush-league fuehrer named Peter Vollmer, a sparse little man who feeds off his self-delusions and finds himself perpetually hungry for want of greatness in his diet. And like some goose-stepping predecessors, he searches for something to explain his hunger, and to rationalize why a world passes him by without saluting. The something he looks for and finds is in a sewer. In his own twisted and distorted lexicon, he calls it faith, strength, truth. But in just a moment, Peter Vollmer will ply his trade on another kind of corner, a strange intersection in a shadowland called The Twilight Zone.
- Goof (factual errors): In the closing credits Adolf Hitler is misspelled Adolph Hitler.
- Goof (errors made by characters, possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): 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is making his speech in the opening scene, he is standing next to a small US flag with 48 stars, which was 4 years out of date at the time of release.
- Goof (continuity error): In the opening scene, Peter Vollmer is hit with a tomato or other vegetable in the face which splatters along the left side of his head, hair, neck and left shoulder part of his shirt. He has no residue at all on any of those areas after he briefly fights with the heckler immediately after getting hit by the vegetable. Shortly later, when he returns home after the brief fight, the opposite side of his shirt (the right side which did not get splattered) has several spots evenly spread over that side...more spots than he could have gotten by falling in the street during his brief fight.