Clash by Night (1952)

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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.



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Complete credited cast:
Jerry D'Amato
Uncle Vince
Silvio Minciotti ...
Papa D'Amato
Keith Andes ...
Joe Doyle


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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


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Release Date:

4 August 1952 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Le démon s'éveille la nuit  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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This movie was shot while Barbara Stanwyck was in the process of divorcing Robert Taylor. The movie also featured the rising young star Marilyn Monroe. Barbara gave a good performance in one of her most memorable films. Despite her emotional devastation, the crew noted Barbara's lack of a diva tantrum, Fritz Lang later said, "She's fantastic, unbelievable, and I liked her tremendously. When Marilyn missed her lines---which she did constantly---Barbara never said a word." See more »


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 »


Mae Doyle D'Amato: Aren't there any more comfortable men in this world? Now they're all little and nervous like sparrows or big and worried like sick bears. Men!
Earl Pfeiffer: Women!
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great reminder of when films were made for grownups
7 April 2001 | by (new york, n.y.) – See all my reviews

clash by night is a great example of what a difference great acting can make. those were the days! story is full of usual cliches, but stanwyck, paul douglas, robert ryan, and a young marilyn monroe: wow!!! and it shows how sexy a film can be without any "sex scenes" or even a hint of nudity.

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