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Mr. Dingle, the Strong

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Mr. Dingle, the Strong

"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.


  • Plot 1
  • Cast 2
  • Quotations 3
    • Opening narration 3.1
    • Closing narration 3.2
  • Short story adaptation 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


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 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.



Opening narration

Closing narration

Short story adaptation

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

See also


  • 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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