Alfred Hitchcock Presents

Season 3 Episode 2

The Mail Order Prophet

Aired Sunday 9:30 PM Oct 13, 1957 on CBS
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The Mail Order Prophet
A man risks his future following the predictions of a fortuneteller whom he has never met.

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  • Can the mysterious Mr. Cristiani really predict the future? What's important is that Ronald Grimes believes he can.

    An intriguing episode about the need of the down-trodden to believe. The sorely-tried, underpaid Ronald Grimes wants to escape the drudgery of his office and his dull life more than anything, and when he gets letters from a man he's never met, making predictions of the future which come true - allowing Grimes to make some money - he thinks he's found a genuine psychic. He hasn't, of course, but by the time the "mail-order prophet" is exposed as a fake, Grimes has already made a sizeable fortune, quit his tiresome job and sailed away to a life of adventure in exotic climes. He's living in a dream world, of course - but is that worse than drab "reality"? Acting and writing reach a high standard; the philosophical questions raised are acute.moreless
Jack Klugman

Jack Klugman

George Benedict

Guest Star

E.G. Marshall

E.G. Marshall

Ronald Grimes

Guest Star

Judson Pratt

Judson Pratt


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    • [Closing Narration]
      Alfred Hitchcock: (sitting in the office chair at the desk) This concludes our entertainment. So, until next time, when we shall bring you another story. (fetches hat and umbrella from coat rack and tosses them out the open window) Goodbye!

    • George: If you're considering what I think, you're not going to retire to the Bahamas - you're going to retire to Sing Sing!

    • George: You were lucky so far. How much have you won?
      Ronald: Almost seven hundred dollars.
      George: Okay. That's good. I'm really glad for you. Only you better quit while you're still ahead.

    • [Opening Narration]
      Alfred Hitchcock: (leaning out the window of a highrise office and looking down towards the ground) Oh, hello fellow spectators. I just made a killing in the stock market. Nothing to it - I simply told my partner we were wiped out. He's a very excitable fellow (glances downwards out the open window). Naturally, I was joking. We haven't been wiped out. Actually, we've made a tidy profit (glaces back out the window). I wish he hadn't done it. We have a very sensitive elevator man. He doesn't like it when he brings people up and then they don't ride down again. It confuses him! As for our story, it is called "The Mail Order Prophet," and it, too, is set in the background of stocks and bonds.

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