The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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Mr. Dingle, the Strong 

A timid vacuum-cleaner salesman is given the strength of 300 men by some experimenting aliens.

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Luther Dingle
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Anthony O'Toole
Eddie Ryder ...
Joseph J. Callahan (as Edward Ryder)
Douglas Spencer ...
1st Martian
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2nd Martian
Donald Losby ...
1st Venusian
Gregory Irvin ...
2nd Venusian (as Greg Irwin)
Douglas Evans ...
Man
Phil Arnold ...
Man
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Man
James Millhollin ...
Jason Abernathy
Jo Ann Dixon ...
Nurse
Jay Hector ...
Boy
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Bettor
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Luther Dingle is a meek and mild-mannered vacuum cleaner salesman. He spends some time in a bar but always seems to be in the middle of others arguments and always seems to get the worst of it. Courtesy of visiting - but invisible - aliens, he is given great strength, some 300 times greater than that of a normal human being. Dingle becomes something of a local celebrity but just how long will his powers last? Written by garykmcd

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3 March 1961 (USA)  »

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This was Douglas Spencer's final acting role before his death on October 6, 1960 at the age of 50. See more »

Goofs

If one looks at the head of the "man" Dingle lifts over his head, it's actually a dummy. See more »

Quotes

Reporter: [sarcastically after Dingle's superstrength disappears] So long, Hercules.
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Referenced in Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project (2007) See more »

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Casper Milquetoast, TZ Style
9 January 2017 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

It's Don Rickles at his mouthiest and most obnoxious, pushing around poor stuttering little Burgess Meredith. That is, until a two headed genie from Mars gifts Meredith with super human strength. Now the bully Rickles is in for it, or is he. Trouble is Meredith can't seem to decide how to show off his newly found power.

It's an okay episode, distinguished, in my book, by the imaginatively exotic critters from Mars and then Venus. Also, Meredith gets to again show his amazing thespic range as the cringing vacuum cleaner salesman. The premise itself is not exactly an unusual one—a ridiculed man suddenly getting transformative powers. Likely Meredith's demonstration of that newly found strength was hampered by budget constraints—punching holes in walls, splitting tables—all fairly cheap to stage. Still we get the idea.

What lingers from this 1961 entry is the two-headed space critter, which, I think, has become something of an icon for the series. Anyway, it's all done with a humorous undercurrent, making the overall mood a little different from the usual. All in all, it's Casper Milquetoast done entertaining TZ style.


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