Alfred Hitchcock Presents: The Schwartz-Metterklume Method (1960)

Genres - Mystery  |   Sub-Genres - Anthology Series [TV]  |   Run Time - 30 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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This episode is based on a short story by H.H. Munro (aka Saki) who specialized in offbeat character studies with surprise endings. Straight-laced Victorian Mrs. Wellington (Elspeth March) wants to hire the "perfect" governess for her troublesome children. The woman hired is Charlotte Hope (Elspeth March), who subscribes to what she calls the "Schwartz-Metterklume Method" of child-rearing -- which consists of allowing her charges to run wild and free! Naturally, Mrs. Wellington strongly disapproves...but as things turn out, she might have been better off allowing the unorthodox Charlotte Hope to remain in her employ. Curiously, several of the episode's more prominent performers are uncredited, including veteran character actress Norma Varden and child star Angela Cartwright.