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Clash by Night (1952) - Plot Summary Poster

Plot Summary

  • 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
  • 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.

    - Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

Synopsis

First viewed Clash by Night on 5/30/10 on TCM. Very good script from a play by Clifford Odets. What stood out were the parallels with A Streetcar Named Desire...

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