A family of aristocrats have fallen on hard times. To pay for repairs to their crumbling country chateau they are forced to use their home as a hotel. The local garage mechanic, Charlie, provides a constant stream of guests for them by sabotaging any car that arrives in his garage. The latest arrival is an important-looking man, Cesar Maricorne, accompanied by his two aides. When she learns that he is a gangster who has just robbed a bank, the aging Marquise realises that her family’s financial worries may be at an end.
Director: Philippe de Broca. AKA The Devil by the Tail.
Writers: Daniel Boulanger (scenario and dialogue), Claude Sautet (decoupage), Philippe de Broca (scenario) (uncredited).
Stars: Yves Montand, Madeleine Renaud, Maria Schell, Jean Rochefort, Jean-Pierre Marielle, Clotilde Joano, Claude Piéplu, Tanya Lopert, Marthe Keller, Xavier Gélin, Jacques Balutin, Pierre Tornade, Jeanne Berdin, Charles Mallet.
Cinematographer: Jean Penzer.
Composer: Georges Delerue.
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