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.
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Livin' in my house! Lovin' another man! Is that what you call bein' honest? That's just givin' it a nice name!
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Did You Know?
This movie was shot while Barbara Stanwyck was in the process of divorcing Robert Taylor. The movie also featured the rising young star Marilyn Monroe. Barbara gave a good performance in one of her most memorable films. Despite her emotional devastation, the crew noted Barbara's lack of a diva tantrum, Fritz Lang later said, "She's fantastic, unbelievable, and I liked her tremendously. When Marilyn missed her lines---which she did constantly---Barbara never said a word." See more
When Mae, Jerry and Earl go out to to a club after the movie, the amount of beer in Mae's mug keeps changing between shots, as does the amount of foam in everyone's beer. See more
Are you happy?
Mae Doyle D'Amato
No, you're not. You're just like me. You're born and you'd like to get unborn. That's why I drink that shellac, to get unborn.
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I Hear a Rhapsody
Sung by Tony Martin
Written by George Fragos
(uncredited), Jack Baker
(uncredited) and Dick Gasparre
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