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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Technical Specs


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 »


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 »


[opening narration]
Narrator: Uniquely American institution known as the neighborhood bar. Reading left to right are Mr. Anthony O'Toole, proprietor, who waters his drinks like geraniums but who stands foursquare for peace and quiet and for booths for ladies. This is Mr. Joseph J. Callahan, an unregistered bookie, whose entire life is any sporting event with two sides and a set of odds. His idea of a meeting at the summit is any dialogue between a catcher and a pitcher with more than one man on base. And ...
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Referenced in Everybody Wants Some!! (2016) See more »

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Burgess Meredith, the Strong
17 November 2008 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

This is a cute episode. I guess, there are times when a writer who is less than imaginative, simply comes up with a premise. Imagine a guy, who is used to getting beaten on, just because he is weak and small. Suppose you give him super powers. What would he do? If he's like this guy, he just wastes the whole thing. He becomes a celebrity for a short time and runs around making a fool of himself. The good thing about the episode is Burgess Meredith, who was a stable for the Serling series. He mugs and groans as only he can. I think he was a national treasure. Anyway, the episode is fun, but with a better script, it could have been better yet.

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