Mr. Dingle, the Strong
|"Mr. Dingle, the Strong"|
|The Twilight Zone episode|
|Episode no.||Season 2
|Directed by||John Brahm|
|Written by||Rod Serling|
|Original air date||March 3, 1961|
|List of Twilight Zone episodes|
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In an experiment, two Martians who are invisible to Earthlings give vacuum-cleaner salesman and perennial loser Luther Dingle superhuman strength. After discovering his unexplainable powers, Dingle begins performing various feats of strength, from lifting statues to splitting boulders, and gains a great deal of publicity.
The Martians return and are disappointed to see that Dingle is using his strength only for show. They take his strength away just as he attempts to lift a building before a live TV audience. Unable to make good on his claims or repeat any of his previous feats, he becomes a laughingstock.
As the Martians leave, they meet two Venusians searching for a suitable Earthling for their own experiment. The Martians recommend 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.
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- Grams, Martin. (2008). The Twilight Zone: Unlocking the Door to a Television Classic. Churchville, MD: OTR Publishing. ISBN 978-0-9703310-9-0