Though not among France's most original or artistic directors, Henri Decoin was among the most consistently competent and prolific makers of commercially successful films. He was born in Paris and before coming to films in 1929, he was an athlete, a WW I pilot and a sports journalist. In movies, Decoin started out as a screenwriter and assistant director. He became a full-fledged filmmaker in 1933. His films frequently starred his second wife, Daniell Darrieux. Decoin also contributed substantially to screenplays, and has written one sports novel and a number of plays.