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Clash by Night (1952)

Approved | | Drama, Film-Noir, Romance | 6 June 1952 (USA)
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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.

Director:

Fritz Lang

Writers:

Alfred Hayes (screenplay), Clifford Odets (play)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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 Silvio Minciotti ... Papa D'Amato
Keith Andes ... Joe Doyle
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Storyline

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

6 June 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Vor dem neuen Tag See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Shot in 1951, not released until 1952. See more »

Goofs

When Earl the projectionist is rewinding the recently run roll of film (around 10 minute mark), he uses a manual crank re-winder from reel to reel. One of the reels is wrong because he is putting the outer film side on the inside of the new reel. See more »

Quotes

Peggy: Weren't you ever in love, Mae?
Mae Doyle: Once.
Peggy: Where?
Mae Doyle: Saint Paul. He was big too, like Jerry. I'll say one thing. He knew how to handle women.
Peggy: Is that what you want from a man?
Mae Doyle: Confidence! I want a man to give me confidence. Somebody to fight off the blizzards and floods! Somebody to beat off the world when it tries to swallow you up! Me and my ideas.
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and introducing Keith Andes See more »


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Ricca Ricca
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Traditional Arranged by Roy Webb
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Clash By Night ***
23 February 2006 | by Bunuel1976See all my reviews

Despite several of the genre's quintessential elements (director Fritz Lang, director of photography Nicholas Musuraca, Barbara Stanwyck and Robert Ryan), this is not a film noir in the strict sense of the word and, in fact, as was the case with DILLINGER (1945), it made for a rather baffling choice to be included in Warners' "Film Noir Collection Vol. 2"! Actually, it's one of Lang's least typical films, though his beloved theme of Man being unable to escape his Fate does in fact play a major part in the proceedings.

In any case, CLASH BY NIGHT remains full of interest throughout and the melodramatic flourishes of the (familiar) 'love triangle' plot - adapted from a stage play by Clifford Odets (hence the tendency to overstate its points from time to time) - seem to have inspired the cast and crew to give it their all: one simply can't ignore the excellent performances (including a wonderfully disarming turn from Marilyn Monroe, not yet a star) and the typically great, hard-boiled (if often, necessarily, theatrical) dialogue (my favorites are two lines delivered, in his uniquely contemptible fashion, by Ryan - having had enough of a tediously uneventful night-out at the local tavern, he exclaims: "Excuse me while I shake this dump upside down!"; and describing the failed relationship with his estranged wife with the delicious "Sometimes I'd like to stick her full of pins...just to see if blood runs out!"). Still, when all is said and done, perhaps the film's mostly notable for its remarkable documentary-style depiction of the fishing community (Monterey, California) in which it is set.


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