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Clash by Night -- An embittered woman seeks escape in marriage, only to find herself restless and drawn toward her husband's best friend.
Clash by Night -- Trailer for this film-noir directed by Fritz Lang

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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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Not Really A Noir, But A Decent Drama With A Different Setting See more (74 total) »

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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1.37 : 1 See more »
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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 »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: At the ~13 minute mark, after Mae walks past Joe in the Doyle house (Joe: "It's your life." Mae: "Yes, that's what's so funny. It's really mine."), you can see the moving shadow of one of the crew at the bottom left of the screen, on the floor.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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Movie Connections:
Featured in The Love Goddesses (1965)See more »
Soundtrack:
Don't CrySee more »

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17 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
Not Really A Noir, But A Decent Drama With A Different Setting, 16 December 2006
Author: ccthemovieman-1 from United States

Barbara Stanwyck, Paul Douglas, Robert Ryan and Marilyn Monore: wow, not a bad leading foursome of actors! I bought this because it was labeled a film noir, and I am always willing to give them a chance. Plus, with this cast, it sounded good. It turned out to be only fair because it was more of a soap opera than a noir. I guess the presence of some amoral people and a lot of wise-cracking lines made it be considered "noir."

The "amoral" people were played by Stanwyck and Ryan, of course.....who else? They are effective in those roles, too, but they should be since those two fine actors played those roles on numerous occasions. Douglas plays the simpleton good guy who gets shafted by his wife Stanwyck who has an affair with Ryan.

Monroe and her boyfriend (played by Keith Andes) have a smaller role but are just as fascinating a couple, of not ore so than the leads. The final third of this movie didn't match up the first two-thirds or this would be rated at least a 9 simply because of the great dialog in that first hour. There were so many good lines I couldn't count them all. I just wish it had stayed that way all the way thorough.

The fishing docks of San Francisco certainly was a different site, too, for a noir. To me, this should be simply classified as a "drama."

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