The Twilight Zone

Season 2 Episode 19

Mr. Dingle, the Strong

Aired Unknown Mar 03, 1961 on CBS

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  • Mr. Meredith The Invincible!

    On reading the last few reviews, it seems that some are just taking this episode way too seriously. Really. I enjoyed the tight plot of this chuckle-fest and enjoyed its tight construction, although the last section of the story looked a little rushed and contrived. The overall effect was entertaining and the performance from the cast was fine. As mentioned the last section of this 'play' seems to have been rushed and contrived and I can imagine Mr. Serling picking up the phone and listening to some studio exec telling him to hurry it up and wrap it so this light-weight screwball comedy could give way to the next more serious episode,

    Really--that's what the guy from The Twilight Zone told me happened.
  • Not the standard that I expect from the usual TZ episode.

    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.
  • Mr. Dingle, a man who has been picked on most of his life, is given incredible strength by two martians.

    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.
  • Martians grant Mr. Dingle strength.

    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.
  • 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.Zapp

    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.