The Twilight Zone: Season 2, Episode 19

Mr. Dingle, the Strong (3 Mar. 1961)

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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 ...
1st Martian
Michael Fox ...
2nd Martian
Donald Losby ...
1st Venusian
Gregory Irvin ...
2nd Venusian (as Greg Irwin)
Douglas Evans ...
Phil Arnold ...
Frank Richards ...
James Millhollin ...
Jason Abernathy
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)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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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 »


If you look at the head of the "man" Dingle lifts over his head, it's obviously a dummy. 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 plays meek vacuum cleaner salesman Luther Dingle, who often hangs out in a local bar with two other regulars, one of whom(played by Don Rickles) often uses Luther as his personal punching bag concerning Baseball & Boxing results. One day, two bizarre looking(but invisible) aliens arrive and use Dingle in an experiment, giving him massive strength, which of course he proceeds to squander in cheap stunts for television. Can poor Dingle stay strong, or is he not really so smart? Silly episode, with two pairs of ridiculous looking aliens is still amusing as long as you don't take it seriously(not what fans want from this series however...) A fine cast helps.

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