The Ray Bradbury Theater (1985–1992)
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And So Died Riabouchinska 

A ventriloquist is implicated in the murder of a man at a theater.


Ray Bradbury (screenplay), Ray Bradbury (story)

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Episode cast overview:
Alan Bates ... John Fabian
Jean-Pierre Kalfon ... Lt. Krovitch
Patti Layne Patti Layne ... Alyce Fabian
Annabelle Mouloudji Annabelle Mouloudji ... Ilyana Riamonova
Hilary Staunton Hilary Staunton ... Mr. Douglas
Jac Berrocal Jac Berrocal ... Ockham (as Jacques Berrocal)


John Fabian and his famous ventriloquist dummy Riabouchinska perform at the Champs Elyssse, and are the primary suspects when a man turns up murdered. John soon discovers that Riabouchinska has her own take on the murder and who is responsible. Written by Gislef

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Release Date:

28 May 1988 (France) See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Previously presented in the first season of Alfred Hitchcock Presents with the great Claude Rains in the lead and Charles Bronson as the detective. See more »


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She Speaks Her Mind
24 March 2015 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

There have been numerous stories of ventriloquist's dummies being an extension of their masters. In this one a man has been found murdered. He had been pushed down a set of stairs and has died. A detective goes about trying to figure this out. However, the ventriloquist speaks for himself and for the beautiful woman he has created. The more she "says" the more suspicious he becomes. We hear the story of a love affair with a lovely ballerina who left this man and so he made a dummy in her image. Beyond this, it is a sort of dull story, not well presented, although Allan Bates has a major role. But it is still talky and hard to fathom.

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