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
The phone book that Mr. Dingle rips in half is the June 1960 edition of the Los Angeles telephone directory. See more »
If one looks at the head of the "man" Dingle lifts over his head, it's actually a dummy. See more »
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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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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