| Crime, Drama, Mystery
A gang of thieves utilizes a cross-road garage as the hideaway. During their last caper, the gang has accidentally murdered a jewel thief, and the heat is on.
Georges Simenon was living on a houseboat when his novel was published in 1931. Very shortly afterwards, he was sitting on the deck of his boat, typing a new novel, when a large car drew up on the quay to which it was moored, and a stranger got out. It was Jean Renoir, a film-maker Simenon admired but did not know, who went straight up to him and made an offer for the film rights on the spot. Simenon accepted immediately and the deal went through with no further complications - quite possibly the quickest and most straightforward sale of film rights to a novel in movie history. The two men were lifelong friends thereafter and Simenon was devastated by Jean Renoir's death, some 47 years later.