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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

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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)

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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Shot in 1951, not released until 1952.See more »
Quotes:
Earl Pfeiffer:[to Mae] Jerry's the salt of the earth - but he's not the right seasoning for you.See more »
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Don't CrySee more »

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12 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
A Good Man, a Bitter Woman, a Disloyal Friend and Adultery, 4 June 2008
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The bitter and cynical Mae Doyle (Barbara Stanwyck) 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 (Keith Andes), and he lodges her in his home. Mae is courted by Jerry D'Amato (Paul Douglas), a good and naive man that owns the boat where Joe works, and he introduces his brutal friend Earl Pfeiffer (Robert Ryan), 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.

"Clash by Night" is an unpleasant drama with a bitter story and a moralist conclusion, actually a minor film of Master Fritz Lang in his career in Hollywood. Barbara Stanwyck has another magnificent performance in the role of a woman hardened by her bad sentimental and life experiences in the big city that returns home due to the lack of option. There is one quote ("When you run out of places, home is all you have left") that defines her mood. Paul Douglas plays a good honest man that nurses his old father, helps his crook alcoholic uncle and accepts the past of Mae Doyle, giving her a second chance. Robert Ryan plays a despicable rude man and disloyal friend. The affair between Mae and Earl has no chemistry and is only sexual desire. Last but not the least, it is delightful to see Marilyn Monroe playing a silly character. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil: "Só a Mulher Peca" ("Only the Woman Sins")

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