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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.
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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...Read the full recap
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).
|Artist||Song Title||Played When|
|Frederic Chopin||Sylphides||Illyana performing ballet|
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.