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Director:
Writers:
Alfred Hayes (screenplay)
Clifford Odets (play)
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Release Date:
4 August 1952 (Sweden) See more »
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Tagline:
Livin' in my house! Lovin' another man! Is that what you call bein' honest? That's just givin' it a nice name!
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

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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 ... Papa D'Amato
Keith Andes ... Joe Doyle
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
William Bailey ... Waiter (uncredited)
Dan Bernaducci ... Guest (uncredited)
Dick Coe ... Guest (uncredited)
Irene Crosby ... Guest (uncredited)
Tony Dante ... Fisherman (uncredited)
Roy Darmour ... Man (uncredited)
Nancy Duke ... Guest (uncredited)
Art Dupuis ... Customer (uncredited)
Paul Finnegan ... Young Boy Rolling Hoop (uncredited)
Gil Frye ... Man (uncredited)
Helen Hansen ... Guest (uncredited)
Frank Kreig ... Art the Projectionist (uncredited)
Mario Siletti ... Bartender (uncredited)
Bill Slack ... Customer (uncredited)
Bert Stevens ... Bartender (uncredited)
Deborah Stewart ... Baby Gloria (uncredited)
Diane Stewart ... Baby Gloria (uncredited)
Julius Tannen ... Waiter (uncredited)
Sally Yarnell ... Guest (uncredited)
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Directed by
Fritz Lang 
 
Writing credits
Alfred Hayes (screenplay)

Clifford Odets (play "Clash by Night")

Produced by
Harriet Parsons .... producer
Norman Krasna .... producer (uncredited)
Jerry Wald .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Roy Webb 
 
Cinematography by
Nicholas Musuraca 
 
Film Editing by
George Amy 
 
Art Direction by
Carroll Clark 
Albert S. D'Agostino 
 
Set Decoration by
Jack Mills 
Darrell Silvera 
 
Makeup Department
Mel Berns .... makeup artist
Larry Germain .... hair stylist
 
Sound Department
Clem Portman .... sound
Jean L. Speak .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Harold E. Wellman .... special effects (as Harold Wellman)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Michael Woulfe .... wardrobe
 
Music Department
C. Bakaleinikoff .... musical director
 
Other crew
Norman Krasna .... presenter
Billy Rose .... stage producer
Jerry Wald .... presenter
Louis Shapiro .... location manager (uncredited)
 
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105 min
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Mono (RCA Sound System)
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As this was one of Marilyn Monroe's first starring roles, she was still under an acting coach and wanted her on the set to help her in scenes. She would stand behind director Fritz Lang and tell her when a scene was good enough, as opposed to listening to Lang, and when the director saw what was doing on he got furious and demanded she leave the set (at the time this coach also worked for 20th Century Fox). After Monroe complained and wouldn't act without her, Lang allowed the coach to return to the set, on the condition that she not direct Monroe.See more »
Quotes:
Jerry D'Amato:I'm real glad you came back home Mae.
Mae Doyle D'Amato:Why?
Jerry D'Amato:I like you - you know that.
Mae Doyle D'Amato:You don't know anything about me. What kind of an animal am I? Do I have fangs? Do I purr? What jungle am I from? You don't know a thing about me.
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Featured in The Love Goddesses (1965)See more »
Soundtrack:
I Hear a RhapsodySee more »

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35 out of 39 people found the following review useful.
Interesting characters and setting...Stanwyck, Douglas and Ryan are terrific..., 30 April 2002
Author: Neil Doyle from U.S.A.

CLASH BY NIGHT is a melodrama that betrays its stageplay origins with some artful but sometimes arty dialogue that attempts to get us beneath the skin of its three main characters--and occasionally does. But it's a tribute to the acting skill of Stanwyck, Paul Douglas and Robert Ryan that their characters come alive with all their flaws and longings exposed.

Barbara is excellent as a woman who returns to a fishing village after a long time away, a bitter, defeated woman still trying to find a niche for herself. Paul Douglas does a remarkably fine job as a good-hearted man, simplistic in nature, who latches onto her only to have her betray him with the lusty Robert Ryan. Lookers on include two very interesting performers--Keith Andes and Marilyn Monroe (on her way up). Andes breathes life into the role of Barbara's disgruntled brother and should have been groomed for stardom--he had the looks and appeal of a major star.

A somewhat downbeat ending resolves the conflict--but along the way there are some very high-strung moments from Stanwyck that she plays to perfection. Marilyn Monroe demonstrates talent in a minor role.

A bit talky and stagebound in some scenes--but an interesting melodrama thanks mainly to the gripping performances of Stanwyck, Douglas and Ryan. Ryan would have made a great Stanley Kowalski in 'Streetcar' based on his drunk scene in this one. He can play a brute about as well as anyone and here he's quite an actor, matching Stanwyck's intense performance with a sturdy one of his own.

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