|Simone Signoret||Marie 'Casque d'Or'|
|Serge Reggiani||Georges Manda|
|Claude Dauphin||Felix Leca|
|William Sabatier||Roland Dupuis|
Ex-convict Georges Manda returns to the free world determined to go straight and takes a steady job as a carpenter. Unable to completely shake his connections with the underground, he meets with a former prison mate, older gangster Félix Leca, who introduces him to his mistress, the sweet but guarded Marie ''Casque d'Or'' . Marie and Georges fall into a passionate relationship, driving Félix to do everything in his power to ruin the couple.