Labbé, a hatter in a French provincial town, leads the life of a respectable citizen but is in fact a serial murderer. The only person to suspect this is his neighbour Kachoudas, an Armenian tailor. After the hatter kills his own wife, he then kills six of her friends to stop them visiting her and prepares to murder a seventh when the intended victim dies naturally. As a substitute, he murders the maid. At the same time, Kachoudas is dying and Labbé confesses his crime to him. Then, after getting drunk he visits his favourite prostitute Berthe and kills her too, being found there in the morning by the police.
Christian Herzog von Donat
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Based on the novel "Les Fantômes du chapelier" by Georges Simenon
, published in 1949. The movie roughly follows the plot, including the ending, despite the fact the action is not in La Rochelle but in Concarneau (with some scenes shot in Quimper). See more
[to voyeurs in Berthe's street
Don't touch me... Don't beat me... I'm giving in!
Pose ta Joue sur mon Epaule
Lyrics by Charles Aznavour
Music by Georges Garvarentz
Performed by Jairo
Produced by Renaldo Cerri for Garima
Distributed by RCA See more