Mr. Dingle, the Strong

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"Mr. Dingle, the Strong"
The Twilight Zone episode
Episode no.Season 2
Episode 19
Directed byJohn Brahm
Written byRod Serling
Production code173-3644
Original air dateMarch 3, 1961
Guest appearance(s)
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"Mr. Dingle, the Strong" is episode 55 of the American television anthology series The Twilight Zone. It originally aired on March 3, 1961 on CBS.

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 television audience. Unable to make good on his claims or repeat any of his previous feats, Dingle becomes a laughing stock.

As the two-headed Martian scientist leaves, it meets two Venusians who are also searching for a suitable Earthling for an experiment; the two-headed Martian scientist recommends Dingle and the Venusians gives 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. Dingle also beats up Hubert at one point. Additionally, Dingle takes his brilliance to change the world at Harvard.

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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