Sunday, 26 February 2012

Alfred Hitchcock Presents...And So Died Riabouchinska

Director: Robert Stevenson
Year Of Release: 1956
Character: Det. Krovitch
Also Starring: Claude Rains, Claire Carleton & Lowell Gilmore
Age During Shoot: 35
Death Count: 0
Length: 30 minutes
Episode Rating: 5/10
Bronson Rating: 6/10

'And So Died Riabouchinska' is the first of three episodes of 'Alfred Hitchcock Presents' that Charles Bronson would appear in. Bronson plays Detective Kronvitch who is sent to investigate a murder in a theater & whilst doing so discovers the strange relationship a ventriloquist has with his female dummy.

As Bronson questions the ventriloquist it soon becomes clear that Claude Rains's character has a split personality between himself and his dummy. It doesn't take much to put two and two together to realise where this story was heading. It lacked any kind of suspense due to the obvious nature of the script though this was one of the first times this issue had been tackled on screen.
An epside of The Twilight Zone soon followed with a similar plot & then there is the excellent 'Magic' starring Anthony Hopkins which essentially takes the same story we have here & gives us a much better insight into the relationship between man and his dummy.
Bronson puts in a solid performance in a role which he'd go on to play countless times in his career as a Detective. Whilst he doesn't get to show off any pyhsical attributes in this episode he does a fine job in wearing the ventriloquist down to get the information he needed.

Click below to watch this episode.

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