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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

  (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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Trivia:
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:
Mae Doyle D'Amato:I'm tired of looking after men, I want to be looked after...
Peggy:Is that what you want from a man?
Mae Doyle D'Amato:Confidence! I want a man to give me confidence, somebody to fight off the blizzards and the floods, somebody to beat off the world when it tries to swallow you up. Huh, me and my ideas.
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34 out of 40 people found the following review useful.
A Late Gem From Lang By Way Of Odets, 23 April 2001
Author: telegonus from brighton, ma

Fritz Lang vastly improves on Clifford Odets' play by giving it legs; also surf, sand, sky and gulls. Barbara Stanwyck returns to the fishing village that hatched her now middle-aged and aimless. Her walk down the street early in the film is of the caliber of Gary Cooper. This is a woman who has lived and breathed pain and frustration all her life, and it shows in everything she does. Stanwyck has never better than she is here, and she dominates the film, vanquishing such heavyweight co-stars as Paul Douglas, Robert Ryan, J. Carroll Naish and Marilyn Monroe. Miss Stanwyck does not so much chew the scenery as stroke it; she is magnificent in this movie, which seems almost to flow from her. As her simple, trusting husband Paul Douglas is almost as good; and Robert Ryan nearly steals the show as a sadistic loser who is somehow magnetic, pathetic and yet highly observant, all at the same time. Odets' duologue is pungent and awfully good to hear. He was better than the Barton Fink caricature of several years ago. His lines ooze well thought-out ideas of cruelty and defeat, and his characters live in real, not stage or movie time. The settings are beautifully realized and explored by a very able and mobile cameraman, as for once a house in a movie actually feels lived in, frayed at the edges as real things are. Ryan's drunk scene on the screened porch benefits greatly from the credibility of the setting. Notable too is the seaside bar, which also has a porch, where a long and crucial scene takes place. It is something to see. People are always going up and down stairs in the film, which has an at times forbidding and an at other times engaging sense of the vertical. We get a taste throughout the picture of the lives of working people in the pre-Eisenhower fifties, when television was not yet ubiquitous and women collected their laundry in wicker baskets. Lang and the entire RKO team behind him deserve special praise for their efforts in this film, which frequently has the feel of Edward Hopper without ever actually suggesting the painter's work. Clash By Night offers us one direction the movies might have gone in the postwar period, and didn't. CinemaScope and 3D would sweep the nation the next year, and color was becoming more common. Soon, a specialized arty operation like RKO, which had retained at least some of its talent in the years after Howard Hughes bought the studio, would go the way of the dodo. Not until the seventies, with Scorsese and Mean Streets, would a stylized, individualized view of the real world begin to creep once more into the American film, albeit in a much different key.

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