|Maria Schell||Gervaise Macquart Coupeau|
|François Perier||Henri Coupeau|
|Suzy Delair||Virginie Poisson|
|Armand Mestral||Auguste Lantier|
|Jany Holt||Mme. Lorilleux|
|Mathilde Casadesus||Mme. Boche|
Gervaise Macquart is a beautiful Parisian laundress and mother whose lover, Lantier walks out on her. She eventually marries Henri Coupeau, a roofer who has an unfortunate accident. As her now crippled husband descends into alcoholism, Gervaise tries to make ends meet on her own. Life becomes even more complicated when Lantier returns and befriends Henri. Meanwhile, the man she really loves, Goujet, is sent to prison.