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Clash by Night (1952)

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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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"My Guy is Afraid to Marry Me!" See more »


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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 »

Filming Locations:

Monterey, California, USA

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The original 1941 Broadway production starred Tallulah Bankhead as Mae and Lee J. Cobb as Jerry. See more »

Goofs

When Earl is trying to hand Jerry money to pay his father's bar tab, the condition of the bills and they way they are held in Earl's hand change between perspective shots. See more »

Quotes

Mae Doyle D'Amato: Aren't there any more comfortable men in this world? Now they're all little and nervous like sparrows or big and worried like sick bears. Men!
Earl Pfeiffer: Women!
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Crazy Credits

and introducing Keith Andes See more »

Connections

Featured in Barbara Stanwyck: Fire and Desire (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Don't Cry
(uncredited)
Music by Sunny Skylar
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great reminder of when films were made for grownups
7 April 2001 | by moggy-4See all my reviews

clash by night is a great example of what a difference great acting can make. those were the days! story is full of usual cliches, but stanwyck, paul douglas, robert ryan, and a young marilyn monroe: wow!!! and it shows how sexy a film can be without any "sex scenes" or even a hint of nudity.


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