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)

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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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Release Date:

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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Did You Know?


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


Dingle's boulder he lifts and places on the ground sounds with a light tap - no matter how strong the one putting it down, a dull bump should be heard. See more »


[closing narration]
Narrator: Exit Mr. Luther Dingle, formerly vacuum cleaner salesman, strongest man on Earth, and now mental giant. These latter powers will very likely be eliminated before too long, but Mr. Dingle has an appeal to extraterrestrial notetakers, as well as to frustrated and insolvent bet losers. Offhand, I'd say that he was in for a great deal of extremely odd periods, simply because there are so many inhabited planets who send down observers, and also because, of course, Mr. Dingle lives...
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Referenced in Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project (2007) See more »

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Silly Episode
2 June 2018 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

The vacuum cleaner salesman Luther Dingle is a loser and regular client of a bar where two other regular costumers go to discuss baseball, boxing and gambles. One of them likes to punch the harmless and quiet Dingle on the face to relieve his discussions with the other man. One day, an invisible two-headed alien decide to use Dingle as guinea pig in an experiment, giving the strength of 300 men to him. What will Mr. Dingle do with his acquired power?

"Mr. Dingle, the Strong" is so far one of the silliest episodes of "The Twilight Zone". The title could have been "Once a loser, always a loser" since every viewer will certainly take pity on the poor Mr. Dingle. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "Sr. Dingle, O Mais Forte" ("Mr. Dingle, the Strongest")

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