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Mail Order Prophet 

Clerk Ronald Grimes starts receiving letters from a mysterious Mr. Christiani that seemingly predict the future.


James Neilson


Robert C. Dennis (teleplay), Antony Ferry (story)


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Episode complete credited cast:
Alfred Hitchcock ... Self - Host
E.G. Marshall ... Ronald J. Grimes
Jack Klugman ... George Benedict
Judson Pratt ... Postmaster
Barbara Townsend Barbara Townsend ... Secretary
Ken Christy Ken Christy ... Boss
Linda Watkins ... Barroom Customer
Victor Romito Victor Romito ... Tony - Waiter


One day, Ronald Grimes receives a letter from a Mr. Christianai who says he can predict the future. The letter correctly predicts the outcome of an upcoming election. More letters follow and through gambling, Grimes acquires a large amount of money. A final letter from Christianai asks for a contribution. Grimes gives it quite willingly. Written by Anonymous

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Should be required viewing...
11 August 2013 | by Archbishop_LaudSee all my reviews

...in every school in America.

This is one of my favorite episodes. We get to see a couple of disgruntled office workers, one of whom (E.G. Marshall) begins receiving "psychic" letters encouraging him to bet on events (election, title bout). Jack Klugman is a rationalist co-worker who tries to convince him it's a racket.

Could the mail order prophet be legit? It's hard not to wonder where this is going to lead. They even throw in office theft to up the ante. Not to give anything away, but I found the ending very satisfying. Plus, Klugman and Marshall are great to watch.

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13 October 1957 (USA) See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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