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The Schartz-Metterklume Method 

Charlotte Hope arrives in the Wellington household to act as a governess to four children. She is a somewhat brash, opinionated person who boldly announces that she uses the ... See full summary »

Director:

Richard Dunlap

Writers:

Marian B. Cockrell (teleplay) (as Marian Cockrell), Hector Hugh Munro (story) (as Saki)
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Alfred Hitchcock ... Himself - Host
Hermione Gingold ... Miss Hope
Elspeth March ... Mrs. Wellington
Doris Lloyd ... Nannie
Patricia Hitchcock ... Rose (as Pat Hitchcock)
Noel Drayton Noel Drayton ... Ben Huggins
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Charlotte Hope arrives in the Wellington household to act as a governess to four children. She is a somewhat brash, opinionated person who boldly announces that she uses the Shartz-Metterklume method for teaching children. Her first day is dedicated to biology and the children spend the day collecting specimens. The parents are a bit more concerned when they start asking questions of a more delicate nature. After a few days of this, Miss Hope is released from her employment. As she arrives at the train station, someone disembarks asking if a Mrs. Wellington is there to meet her. Written by garykmcd

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 June 1960 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Shamley Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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A Tour-de-Force by Hermione Gingold; and One Technical Goof
7 April 2012 | by thatdogoliver-1See all my reviews

This is a delightfully funny episode from a series known for its darkness and murder. The fascinating and fabulous Hermione Gingold gives a performance that is a subtle, yet madcap tour-de-force. The link that this episode has in common with all the others in the series is you never know where it's headed. The unexpected ending puts a strange slant on all that came before -- as surprising as any Hitchcock ending I can remember.

I caught one technical goof: Pat Hitchcock (Alfred's real-life daughter) plays the maid, Rose. For 20 seconds (from 17:20 until 17:40) you can see her standing off to the extreme left side of the screen, waiting for her cue to enter the scene and water the plants.


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