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The Twilight Zone: Mr. Dingle, the Strong

Visiting Martian scientists choose a timid earthling as the subject of their experiment, endowing him incredible superhuman strength.

Episode Info
Episode number: 2x19
Production Number: 173-3644
Airdate: Friday March 03rd, 1961

Director: John Brahm
Writer: Rod Serling



Vacuum cleaner salesman Luther Dingle is at the local bar while an obnoxious bettor is arguing with the bookie over a bum call about a foul ball and refuses to pay up. When he insults the bookie, Callahan, the barkeeper breaks it up and the bettor appeals to Dingle to give his opinion. Dingle admits he watched the game but makes the mistake of disagreeing. The bettor punches Dingle over the counter and as they argue, they're unaware that a two-headed Martian has invisibly entered the bar. They think that Dingle is just the specimen they're looking for: an abject coward with minimal muscles. They prepare to give him the strength of 300 men. Meanwhile, the bettor punches out Dingle again, but the salesman is more confused by the sudden energy blast. The bartender, O'Toole, advises him to stay out of trouble and Dingle practically throws his vacuum cleaner out of the door with his new strength. As he leaves, he pulls the door off his hinges and O'Toole is irritated that Dingle is wrecking his bar. Dingle has no explanation and quickly leaves...

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