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Clash by Night (1952)

Approved | | Drama, Film-Noir, Romance | 6 June 1952 (USA)
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Mae Doyle comes back to her hometown a cynical woman. Her brother Joe fears that his love, fish cannery worker Peggy, may wind up like Mae. Mae marries Jerry and has a baby; she is happy but restless, drawn to Jerry's friend Earl.

Director:

Fritz Lang

Writers:

Alfred Hayes (screenplay), Clifford Odets (play)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Barbara Stanwyck ... Mae Doyle D'Amato
Paul Douglas ... Jerry D'Amato
Robert Ryan ... Earl Pfeiffer
Marilyn Monroe ... Peggy
J. Carrol Naish ... Uncle Vince
Silvio Minciotti Silvio Minciotti ... Papa D'Amato
Keith Andes ... Joe Doyle
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Storyline

The bitter and cynical Mae Doyle returns to the fishing village where she was raised after deceptive loves and life in New York. She meets her brother, the fisherman Joe Doyle, and he lodges her in his home. Mae is courted by Jerry D'Amato, a good and naive man that owns the boat where Joe works, and he introduces his brutal friend Earl Pfeiffer, who works as theater's projectionist and is cheated by his wife. She does not like Earl and his jokes, but Jerry considers him his friend and they frequently see each other. Mae decides to accept the proposal of Jerry and they get married and one year later they have a baby girl. When the wife of Earl leaves him, he becomes depressed and Mae, who is bored with her loveless marriage, has an affair with him. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Livin' in my house! Lovin' another man! Is that what you call bein' honest? That's just givin' it a nice name! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

6 June 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Vor dem neuen Tag See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Marilyn Monroe's character in the story says she is 20 years old; but, at the time the film was released, Marilyn had just turned 26. See more »

Goofs

When Earl is trying to hand Jerry money to pay his father's bar tab, the condition of the bills and they way they are held in Earl's hand change between perspective shots. See more »

Quotes

Peggy: I gotta go. I just had to show you the ring.
Mae Doyle: Peg, just a second. I'll get Gloria dressed and come with you.
Peggy: I can't, honey. Joe's waiting. Diamonds make me punctual.
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Crazy Credits

and introducing Keith Andes See more »

Connections

Featured in The Love Goddesses (1965) See more »

Soundtracks

Ricca Ricca
(uncredited)
Traditional Arranged by Roy Webb
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Another one of Stanwyck's hard-bitten women
8 December 2002 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Barbara Stanwyck is so good at playing rough-hewn women, characters with a cynical edge, that it's easy to take her presence here for granted. Once again, she is remarkably good as a tough cookie returning to her hometown along the waterfront and eventually reuniting with her estranged brother. Marilyn Monroe is also good as a sassy local girl-- although her lines sound as if they were looped in post-production--and Paul Douglas is terrific as a lovestruck skipper. Tempestuous melodrama is decent fare; it has heated emotions and florid dialogue, but perhaps more subtlety and nuance would've made it a more memorable picture. **1/2 from ****


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