A continuation of the dramatic anthology series hosted by the master of suspense and mystery. When the series Alfred Hitchcock Presents was revived in 1962, the name was changed, but the ... See full summary »
With his rumpled raincoat, ever-present cigar, bumbling demeanour and Sherlock Holmesian powers of deduction, disarmingly polite homicide detective Lieutenant Columbo took on some of the most cunning murderers in Los Angeles, most of whom made one fatal, irrevocable mistake: underestimating his investigative genius.
Dr. Cal Lightman teaches a course in body language and makes an honest fortune exploiting it. He's employed by various public authorities in various investigations, doing more when the ... See full summary »
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
A tour-de-force by Hermione Gingold; and one technical goof
A delightful and funny episode from a series mostly known for showing darkness and murder. The fascinating Hermione Gingold gives a performance that is a subtle, and yet madcap tour-de-force from the very start of the episode to the very last moments. The one, true link that this episode has in common with others in the series is the you never know where it's headed. There are so many disparate threads that combine, much like chamber music, that until the very end you wonder what the point of the episode was at all (other than giving a wonderful vehicle for Gingold). The ending is such a surprise and puts such a strange slant on all that came before that I found it nearly as shocking as any ending in this series.
The one technical goof I caught: Pat Hitchcock (Alfred's daughter in real life) plays a 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 come out and water the plants.
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