A beautiful and pampered countess is surprised to hear that the small scruffy boy caught in her home intended to steal bread. The woman does not know the value of food and profligately instructs her devoted suitor, Chevalier Saint de Clair, to have shoes made for her out of bread. She wants to wear them dancing at the masked ball to match her baker-woman costume. The chevalier is unable to fulfil her wish and, broken by his unrequited love, he shoots himself. A strange shoemaker with a devilish gleam in his eye offers his services to the countess. He makes the shoes for her and invites her to come with him in his carriage. They arrive at a palace filled with cobwebs and dust. When the dinner is over, he introduces her to some men. These are all the youths who have lost their lives because of their love for the beautiful and heartless countess. Her host orders her to dance with the dead men, and her little shoes force her to do so. She is already ready to drop with fatigue when Saint de Clair, her last victim, embraces her. A priest, looking very much like the shoemaker, gives the couple his blessing and they make their wedding procession into the burning fireplace. A pair of shoes lying on the floor has now changed into two loaves of bread.
rytíř Saint de Clair
Věra Houšková, Milada Malínská, Jan Kňákal