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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Eddie Ryder ...
Joseph J. Callahan (as Edward Ryder)
Douglas Spencer ...
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Gregory Irvin ...
2nd Venusian (as Greg Irwin)
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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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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

A close-up shot of the man Dingle is lifting over his head shows part of the lifter's face - revealing that an actor other than Burgess Meredith is used here. See more »

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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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So boldly preposterous and mad I love it.
28 November 2013 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

One of the true stars of TZ Burgess Meredith played four very diverse characters. Quite often the lead actor in the comedy entries would spoil whatever possibility of an enjoyable show there was. Meredith is a rare exception as he makes Dingle incorrigibly stupid, but in an almost Stan Laurel-like engaging way. This character is mixed into a crazy production that has no subtlety whatsoever. This is the Looney Tunes of The Twilight Zone. Even Don Rickles is more frenetic than usual. As to the hilarious aliens...well you just have to see for yourself. They are...well..I give up trying to describe them as you just wouldn't believe me . I like the idea of Martians and Venutians hanging round a bar, unnoticed, enabling Dingle to punch through an obviously paper thin wall.

They don't make them like that anymore!!!


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