Director Henri Verneuil co-adapted Des Gens Sans Importance from a novel by Serge Groussard. The title translates to People of No Importance, an all-too-apt description for the film's cast of characters. Jean Gabin plays an aging, world-weary truckdriver who falls in love with restaurant counter-girl Francoise Arnoul. For the first time in his life, Gabin has found true happiness, but Fate isn't about to let him off so easily. The film's tragic ending and defeatist characterizations rather limited the appeal of Des Gens Sans Importance in the United States.
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