Over a five month period in 1955 four women are stabbed to death in Montmartre after dark, a prostitute and a midwife among them - women with nothing in common beyond being brunette. Justice minister Morel leans on chief Inspector Maigret to catch the murderer and Maigret sets a trap, using policewoman Marthe Jusserard as a decoy. She survives an attack, sartorial evidence leading to married mother's boy Marcel Moncin, whom Maigret arrests. However whilst Moncin is in custody there is a further murder and Maigret looks to Moncin's family to help solve the murders.
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One of the most-adapted Simenon stories; it was also adapted as the penultimate episode of Season 3 of the BBC's "Maigret" series. See more
During scenes where there's flash-photography, modern capacitor driven flashes, with multiple sequential flashes from the same flash-gun occur. At the period the film is set magnesium flashbulbs were the standard, which have to be replaced for every shot. These scenes ought to have had much fumbling trying to remove and replace dead glass bulbs, and been accompanied by loud pops as each flash exposure was made, and the crunch of glass underfoot, as reporters usually just dropped them. See more
Followed by Maigret in Montmartre
Maigret Sets A Trap
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