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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 ... Himself - 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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Release Date:

13 October 1957 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


E.G. Marshall and Jack Klugman both appeared in the classic film "12 Angry Men" that same year. They were Juror #4 and Juror #5, respectively. See more »


In the final scene with Alfred Hitchcock, he throws his hat and umbrella thru the window supposed to be at the highest floor of the building and the audience can hear the sound of the items landing on the floor. See more »


Spoofed in Mathnet: The Case of the Swami Scam (1990) See more »

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Interesting and neat episode of win money and know the future by mail!
23 January 2018 | by blanbrnSee all my reviews

This "AHP" episode from 1957 called "Mail Order Prophet" is a neat and interesting one as the plot and ideas of the episode are clever. It stars classic and the now late character actor E.G. Marshall(1982's "Creepshow") as a man named Ronald Grimes who works in an office and all of a sudden one day he receives a letter from a mysterious writer named Mr. Christianai and it predicts the outcome of an upcoming election. And what do you know the underdog political candidate wins! Soon one by one more mailed letters arrive with predictions on all things from sports to you guess what money investments like the stock market! However it turns that things and people are not what they seem, however Ronald turns to out to be lucky and benefit at the right time! Overall well done episode of timing, luck, and hope as it's an episode of choices and a good guess to fortune!

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