Twilight Zone: Season 2, Episode 19

Mr. Dingle, the Strong (3 Mar. 1961)
"The Twilight Zone" Mr. Dingle, the Strong (original title)

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



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Episode complete credited cast:
Luther Dingle
James Westerfield ...
Anthony O'Toole
Eddie Ryder ...
Joseph J. Callahan (as Edward Ryder)
Douglas Spencer ...
Michael Fox ...
Donald Losby ...
Gregory Irvin ...
Venusian (as Greg Irwin)
Douglas Evans ...
Phil Arnold ...
Frank Richards ...
James Millhollin ...
Jo Ann Dixon ...
Jay Hector ...


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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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Rod Serling had previously used the name "Mr. Dingle" for the main character (called Mr. Denton in the filmed episode) of Twilight Zone: Mr. Denton on Doomsday (1959). See more »


The sound of the table breaking begins before Mr. Dingle hits it. See more »


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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Burgess Meredith, the Strong
17 November 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a cute episode. I guess, there are times when a writer who is less than imaginative, simply comes up with a premise. Imagine a guy, who is used to getting beaten on, just because he is weak and small. Suppose you give him super powers. What would he do? If he's like this guy, he just wastes the whole thing. He becomes a celebrity for a short time and runs around making a fool of himself. The good thing about the episode is Burgess Meredith, who was a stable for the Serling series. He mugs and groans as only he can. I think he was a national treasure. Anyway, the episode is fun, but with a better script, it could have been better yet.

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