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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  • 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.