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Alfred Hitchcock Presents: And So Died Riabouchinska

A ventriloquist is questioned about a murder that occurred at a vaudeville theatre.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x20
Airdate: Sunday February 12th, 1956

Director: Robert Stevenson
Story: Ray Bradbury
Teleplay: Mel Dinelli

Guest Stars
Claude RainsClaude Rains
As John Fabian
Charles BronsonCharles Bronson
As Detective Krovitch
Claire CarletonClaire Carleton
As Alice Fabian
Virginia GreggVirginia Gregg
voiced Riabouchinska
Lowell GilmoreLowell Gilmore
As Mel Douglas

Co-Guest Stars
Charles CantorCharles Cantor
As Zander
Harry TylerHarry Tyler
As Dan Silver
Iris AdrianIris Adrian
As Macey
William HaadeWilliam Haade
As Stagehand
Main Cast


Macey arrives at the vaudeville theater and chats with the manager. As they chat, the ventriloquist, John Fabian arrives and the manager notes he takes it home every night. Fabian admits that he has nothing else to do if he loses his doll. After he leaves, Silver and Macey flip for a coin and drop it. It rolls down the stairs and when they go to get it, they find a corpse...

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Episode Notes
Claude Rains makes his first of several guest appearances in this episode. He had previously co-starred in Alfred Hitchcock's classic 1946 suspense thriller Notorious.

Bradbury's story was later adapted as an episode of The Ray Bradbury Theater.

Virginia Gregg would go on to play another disembodied voice belonging to a fantasy woman, in Hitchcock's Psycho.

Episode Quotes
Alfred Hitchcock: (out of focus) Good evening. (comes into focus) This misty bit of ectoplasm forming on the inside of your television screen is one Alfred Hitchcock, coming to you from across that great barrier that divides the quick from the dead: the Atlantic Ocean. I have materialized for the express purpose of warning you that during tonight's séance, you will witness a playlet entitled: "And So Died Riabouchinska." Oh, yes. Before we have our play, I would like to make an announcement to those of you who can't stay until the end. The butler did it.

Alfred Hitchcock: That was pleasant. It also reminded me of my youth. When I was once a part of a vaudeville act called: "Doctor Speewack and his Puppets." But I never cared for Doctor Speewack. He thought he was better than the rest of us. But so much for tonight's entertainment. Until the next time we return with another play, good night.

Other Episode Crew

Associate ProducerJoan Harrison
Music SupervisorStanley Wilson
Make-upWilliam Oakley
Set DecoratorJerry Welch
Director of PhotographyReggie Lanning
Art DirectorMartin Obzina
Costume SupervisorVincent Dee
Film EditorEdward W. Williams
SoundHugh McDowell
Assistant DirectorJames Hogan
Editorial SupervisorRichard G. Wray
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