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.


Fritz Lang


Alfred Hayes (screenplay), Clifford Odets (play)





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


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. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Tallulah Bankhead starred in the original Broadwayy production but was not asked to recreate her role, See more »


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 »


Peggy: He's kind of exciting and attractive.
Joe Doyle: Who's attractive? Who's exciting?
Peggy: Earl.
Joe Doyle: Who?
Peggy: Joe, you're strangling me.
Joe Doyle: Who's attractive? Who's exciting?
Peggy: You.
Joe Doyle: That's better.
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Music by Leith Stevens and Dave Torbett
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An interesting picture with a strong underlying sense of menace
2 April 2000 | by metaphor-2See all my reviews

Clearly made as a "women's picture", it is not a great movie, but it has some fine performances. The dialog varies from strong to slightly self-conscious. But what's interesting about this film is the persistent, underlying sense of menace. The triangle situation is familiar, and perhaps the presence of Stanwyck and Robert Ryan make one suspect that something deadly is going to happen. But because of the intended audience, the bulk of the violence is emotional, psychological violence. I think it is director Lang's touch that makes this stuff so scary. It's hard to shake the fear that the consequences will finally come any moment, and that they will be fatal, final.

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English | Italian

Release Date:

6 June 1952 (USA) See more »

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Clash by Night See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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