The Twilight Zone

Season 2 Episode 19

Mr. Dingle, the Strong

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Aired Unknown Mar 03, 1961 on CBS
7.3
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Martians give Luther Dingle the strength of 300 men.

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  • Not the standard that I expect from the usual TZ episode.

    4.3
    This episode stars Burgess Meredith as human punching bag Mr. Luther Dingle, a man who is given superhuman strength. Meredith plays this character well and as such as he comes to the realisation of his new powers a few chuckles are ensured. The aliens are just hilarious!! Talk about cheesy and unconvincing!! Other than that there's very few things interesting about this ep. It's just not the type of thing you'd expect from The Twilight Zone. Still, it is worth watching as there are a few funny moments, though other than that this episode is acually quite pointless and boring overall.moreless
  • Mr. Dingle, a man who has been picked on most of his life, is given incredible strength by two martians.

    5.8
    Mr. Dingle is a weak man. He gets beat-up, and doesn't stand up for himself. That is what makes him the perfect speciman for two martian's experiments.



    The martians are invisible, and zap Mr.Dingle. He is given the strength of 300 men.



    It sounds like an interesting storyline, but it doesn't really play out that way. Mr. Dingle shows off his new strength, and gets famous for it. Once the aliens see that he uses his powers for his own benefit they take it away from him.



    The alien costumes are really ridiculous, even for the 1960's.



    There was also something about it, that didn't live up to Twilight Zone standards. It wasn't scary or nerve-wracking. It wasn't even that interesting.



    The episode ends with two other martians, from a different planet, who are also invisible. They also want to experiment on Mr. Dingle. They give him the intelligence of 500 men.



    So, the episode ends showing you how a weak man, like Mr. Dingle is the perfect speciman for alien experiments. I definitely think the writers could have done better than this.moreless
  • Martians grant Mr. Dingle strength.

    10
    Call me crazy, but the best Twilight Zone episodes aren't always the creepy ones. The big three have proven they can make a thriller; they truly test their skills wih a sweet comedy. Serling's Mr. Dingle the Strong is one such example. A bumbling vacuum salesman who becomes super-strong seems like a stupid story; which it is. But that's the point! Serling didn't think to himself, "Ok Rod, let's make the best piece of television the world has seen!" No, he said, "Let's make a screwball comedy about an out-of-luck salesman who can't defend himself who then gets extreme strength." Meredith's performance, while shoddy compared to Henry Bemis and Wordsworth, nevertheless sells this episode.moreless
  • Dingle is a meek and physically weak loser who frequents the neighborhood bar. Luther is abused by his fellow patrons in the bar regularly. Enter two spacemen from Mars,who decides that he would be the perfect Test speciman for a strength ray.Zappmoreless

    5.7
    This episode is obviously one of the precursors to the Outer Limits show that Rod produced later. That show dealt more with the Alien and cosmic themes than did Twilight at it's finest. Twilight Zones greatest episodes dealt with themes that were so possible that they were distubing or even scary. Now and again an episode like this light hearted fair would come along I beleive to break up the heaviness feel of the show from time to time. Mr. Dingle the strong was not well written or produced, but it is not unwatchable, all props are obvious, all gags predictable. I still have it in my collection if only to witness the versitility of lead actor Burgess Meridith.moreless

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    • (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 this animated citizen is every anonymous bettor who ever dropped rent money on a horse race, a prize fight, or a floating crap game, and who took out his frustrations and his insolvency on any vulnerable fellow barstool companion within arm's and fist's reach. And this is Mr. Luther Dingle, a vacuum-cleaner salesman whose volume of business is roughly that of a valet at a hobo convention. He's a consummate failure in almost everything but is a good listener and has a prominent jaw. And these two unseen gentlemen are visitors from outer space. They are about to alter the destiny of Luther Dingle by leaving him a legacy, the kind you can't hardly find no more. In just a moment, a sad-faced perennial punching bag who missed even the caboose of life's gravy train will take a short constitutional into that most unpredictable region that we refer to as the Twilight Zone.

    • Bettor: When a guy calls me a liar, there's my honor to be considered.
      Callahan: Your honor? You've got nothing in you from the bottom of your arch to the part in your hair. Which is pretty tough to find. And when you die, my friend, they're going to have to screw you into the ground.

    • 1st Martian: You're sure we're invisible?
      2nd Martian: Beyond any doubt.
      1st Martian: I wish they were.

    • 1st Martian: I think we should be off. Three planets on tomorrow's itinerary. One should be particularly interesting. Contains only females.

    • (Closing Narration)
      Narrator: 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 note-takers 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 his life with one foot in his mouth, and the other in the Twilight Zone.

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