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The Ray Bradbury Theater: And So Died Riabouchinska

The police investigate a murder committed in a theater. The detective uncovers a missing ballerina, long concealed love, and blackmail. Their only reliable witness is... a ventriloquist's dummy.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 3x12
Airdate: Saturday May 28th, 1988

Guest Stars
Alan BatesAlan Bates
As John Fabian
Alan BatesAlan Bates
As John Fabian
Jean-Pierre KalfonJean-Pierre Kalfon
As Lieutenant Krovitch
Jean-Pierre KalfonJean-Pierre Kalfon
As Lieutenant Krovitch

Co-Guest Stars
Patti LaynePatti Layne
As Alyce Fabian
Patti LaynePatti Layne
As Alyce Fabian
Annabelle MouloudjiAnnabelle Mouloudji
As Ilyana Riamonova
Hilary StauntonHilary Staunton
As Mr. Douglas
Main Cast


In Paris, the police accompany an ambulance to the Champs Elysses to a theater where John Fabian performs his ventriloquism act. Lt. Krovitch examines the corpse and then turns to Fabian, but a woman's voice emerges from a nearby trunk. Fabian tells the dummy, Riabouchinska, to be quiet and takes offense when Krovitch calls it a dummy. Krovitch turns to Fabian's wife Alyce and his promoter, Howard Douglas, and asks if they knew the dead man, Robert Henry Ockham. They deny it but Krovitch notes that Ockham knew at least one of them and had come in through the stage door many times. When he points out that one of them is lying, Riabouchinska agrees with him and Krovitch tells John to stop the act. The dummy warns that she'll never work with John again...

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Episode Notes
Based on the short story "And So Died Riabouchinska" by Ray Bradbury. The story was first published in The Saint Detective Magazine (June-July 1953).

Bradbury's story was previously adapted as an episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Frederic ChopinSylphidesIllyana performing ballet

Episode Quotes
Lieutenant Krovitch: What are you up to?
John Fabian: I am helpless. Oh, I know what you think. You think that she's here in my throat. But no she's not. She's somewhere else. Maybe here. (points to head) Certainly here. (points to heart)
Lieutenant Krovitch: She is not there.
John Fabian: No. She hides herself so easily. She waits and watches me. She tells me what to do. I do it. She speaks when I cannot, she's good when I am evil. She is open when I'm closed. She's all around and all about. Sometimes she builds a wall and hides herself and doesn't say a word to me. But sometimes, like tonight, she speaks.

Changes from the short story:

* In the story, Riamanova is Fabian's assistant. In the episode, she is a ballerina who works at the same theater.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorRay Bradbury
Executive ProducerPeter Sussman
Co-Executive ProducerStephane Sperry
ProducerHubert Niogret
EditorSophie Cornu
Key GripEmile Laisne
Camera OperatorElisabeth Rubin (1)
Location ManagerVeronique Forgeau
Property MasterOlivier Crespin
Supervising Sound EditorMitchell C. Gettleman
Re-Recording MixerJacques Thomas-Gerard
GafferChristophe Offensteine
Director of PhotographyGilberto Azevedo
Art DirectorEtienne Mery
Production ManagementRaphael Caussimon
Sound MixerFran├žois Waledisch
Special EffectsMack Chapman
AccountantIsabelle Duley
Boom OperatorHenri Maikoff
FoleyJacques Tassel
WardrobeRose-Marie Melka
Second CameraDenis Rouden
Dialoge CoachPeggy Giunta
ContinuityDominique Piat
Assistant Location ManagerPhilippe Rouquier  |  Gael Collon
1st Camera AssistantJerome Peyrebrune
Assistant Set DecoratorEric Berger
Model MakerDidier Soubeyran
Ventriloquist AdvisorFranck Fevrier
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