Mr. Dingle, the Strong

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"Mr. Dingle, the Strong"
The Twilight Zone episode
Episode no. Season 2
Episode 55
Directed by John Brahm
Written by Rod Serling
Production code 173-3644
Original air date March 3, 1961
Guest actors

Burgess Meredith: Luther Dingle
Don Rickles: Bettor
James Westerfield: O'Toole
Edward Ryder: Callahan
James Millhollin: Abernathy
Douglas Spencer: 1st Martian
Michael Fox: 2nd Martian

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"Mr. Dingle, the Strong" is an episode of the American television anthology series The Twilight Zone.

Opening narration[edit]


In an experiment, a two-headed Martian scientist, who is invisible to Earthlings, gives vacuum-cleaner salesman and perennial loser Luther Dingle superhuman strength. After discovering his inexplicable powers, Dingle begins performing various feats of strength, from lifting statues to splitting boulders, and gains a great deal of publicity.

The two-headed Martian returns and is disappointed to see that Dingle is using his strength only for show. The Martian takes his strength away just as Dingle attempts to lift a building before a live TV audience. Unable to make good on his claims or repeat any of his previous feats, Dingle becomes a laughingstock.

As the two-headed Martian scientist leaves, it meets two Venusians searching for a suitable Earthling for their own experiment. The two-headed Martian scientist recommends Dingle and the Venusians give Dingle super-intelligence. Discovering his new powers Dingle starts thinking aloud at an alarming rate and demonstrates incredible powers of prediction.

Closing narration[edit]

Short story adaptation[edit]

In the short story version of this episode, the bettor is named Hubert Kransky and the two-headed Martian is named Xurthya.

See also[edit]


  • DeVoe, Bill. (2008). Trivia from The Twilight Zone. Albany, GA: Bear Manor Media. ISBN 978-1-59393-136-0
  • Grams, Martin. (2008). The Twilight Zone: Unlocking the Door to a Television Classic. Churchville, MD: OTR Publishing. ISBN 978-0-9703310-9-0

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