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.


John Brahm


Rod Serling, Rod Serling (created by)




Episode complete credited cast:
Burgess Meredith ... Luther Dingle
James Westerfield ... Anthony O'Toole
Eddie Ryder Eddie Ryder ... Joseph J. Callahan (as Edward Ryder)
Douglas Spencer ... 1st Martian
Michael Fox ... 2nd Martian
Donald Losby Donald Losby ... 1st Venusian
Gregory Irvin Gregory Irvin ... 2nd Venusian (as Greg Irwin)
Douglas Evans Douglas Evans ... Man
Phil Arnold ... Man
Frank Richards ... Man
James Millhollin ... Jason Abernathy
Jo Ann Dixon Jo Ann Dixon ... Nurse
Jay Hector Jay Hector ... Boy
Don Rickles ... Bettor


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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Did You Know?


In this episode and many others like The Twilight Zone: Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up? (1961), a majority of the actors are smoking due to the demand of one of the Twilight Zone's sponsors, a cigarette company. See more »


When "Jason Abernathy" comes in with the TV camera and lights he is carrying a Turner microphone attached to a coil of cable. The cable is never attached to anything yet else he begins the "interview" talking into the mike as if it were. At the conclusion he yanks out the now plugged in cable and leaves. 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 »


Twilight Zone Theme
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Composed by Marius Constant
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Silly Time
27 October 2014 | by AaronCapenBannerSee all my reviews

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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3 March 1961 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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