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
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 cast

Michel SerraultLéon Labbé
Charles AznavourKachoudas
Monique ChaumetteMadame Labbé
François CluzetJeantet
Isabelle SadoyanAlice Kachoudas
Jean ChampionSenator Laude
Bernard DumaineArnoult
Aurore ClémentBerthe

Critical reception

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

From Time Out London:


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