After the war, Pierre Roubier returns home, optimistic about the future, only to find his wife in bed with another man. In a moment of madness, Pierre shoots his wife’s lover dead. Arrested and tried for the murder, Pierre is given a light sentence on account of his impressive military record. A few years later, Pierre is once again a free man and he goes to Portugal to start a new life. He finds work as a taxi driver and one of his first clients is the young and wealthy widow Kathleen Dinver. She has just arrived from London after an inquest into the mysterious death of her husband. Because they both have something they would like to forget, Pierre and Kathleen feel able to confide in one another and they begin to fall in love. Pierre soon discovers that Kathleen is being followed by Inspector Lewis of Scotland Yard. Lewis is convinced that Kathleen had something to do with her husband’s death… —Filmsdefrance.com
Director Henri Verneuil was born Achod Malakian of Armenian parentage on October 15, 1920, in Rodosto, Turkey, and his family fled to France and settled in Marseilles when he was a young child. He later recounted his childhood experience in the novel Mayrig, which he dedicated to his mother and made into a 1991 film with the same name, which was followed by a sequel, 588 Rue Paradis, the following year.
Verneuil enrolled in 1943 at the Ecole Navale des Arts et Métiers at Aix-en-Provence, where he studied engineering. He then pursued a career in journalism, working as the editor-in-chief of the magazine Horizon in 1944-1946 and as a film critic for a Marseilles radio station. In 1947, he had an idea for a short film set in Marseilles and proposed it to the famous comedian Fernandel. The comic liked it, and thus began a long-lasting partnership which produced such popular film hits as Forbidden Fruit, The Sheep Has Five Legs, and The Cow and I read more