The Hatter's Ghost

The Hatter's Ghost (French: "Les fantômes du chapelier") is a 1982 film directed by Claude Chabrol. It is based on the 1947 story Le Petit Tailleur et le Chapelier by Georges Simenon. It takes place in Brittany and was shot in the towns of Concarneau and Quimper.

The Hatter's Ghost
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byClaude Chabrol
Screenplay byClaude Chabrol
Based onLes fantômes du chapelier by
Georges Simenon
StarringMichel Serrault
Charles Aznavour
Monique Chaumette
Music byMatthieu Chabrol
CinematographyJean Rabier
Edited byMonique Fardoulis
Philippe Grumbach Productions
Films A2
Release date
  • May 25, 1982 (1982-05-25)
Running time
120 minutes
Box office$2.9 million[1]


Labbé, a hatter in a French provincial town, appears to lead 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 Labbé kills his own wife, he kills six of her friends to stop them from visiting her and prepares to murder a seventh, who dies naturally. As a substitute, he murders the maid. Labbé soon confesses his crime to the dying Kachoudas. After getting drunk, he visits his favourite prostitute, Berthe, and kills her; he is found at the scene of the crime in the morning by police.

Principal castEdit

Actor Role
Michel Serrault Léon Labbé
Charles Aznavour Kachoudas
Monique Chaumette Madame Labbé
François Cluzet Jeantet
Isabelle Sadoyan Alice Kachoudas
Jean Champion Senator Laude
Bernard Dumaine Arnoult
Aurore Clément Berthe

Critical receptionEdit

TV Guide rated the film with 2 1/2 out of 5 stars and commented:

Another Claude Chabrol film that neither fails nor lives up to his previous successes (LES BICHES, among others). Again he pays homage to Hitchcock with a psychopath, Michel Serrault, who murders his wife, then kills six of her elderly friends.[2]

From Time Out London:

The hatter (Serrault) is a mass strangler who allows his secret to be discovered by hangdog Cachoudas (Aznavour), the tubercular Armenian tailor opposite. The ensuing relationship seems unbelievably reckless, even with a mad hatter involved, and manifestly it's the Hitchcocko-Jesuitical theology about shared guilt which animates the picture... Chabrol locates his adaptation in an off-kilter time zone – little bit '30s, little bit '50s – that some may find the most intriguing aspect of the movie.[3]


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  2. ^ "The Hatter's Ghost Review". Retrieved 2011-11-01.
  3. ^ "Les Fantômes du Chapelier Review. Movie Reviews – Film". Time Out London. Retrieved 2011-11-01.

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