From the early '40s through the early '60s, Gilles Grangier was a prolific director of commercially successful French features, particularly those of actor Jean Gabin. He got his start in the 1930s as an actor and by the decade's end was an assistant director. He then served briefly in the military during WW II and in 1942 became a full-fledged director. Stars with whom he has worked includeArletty, Pierrre Brasseure and Louis de Fumes. In 194, Grangier was named a Chevalier of the Legion of Honor by the French Government.