Clash by Night ()

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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... See more »


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Mae Doyle D'Amato
Jerry D'Amato
Earl Pfeiffer
Uncle Vince
Silvio Minciotti ...
Papa D'Amato
Joe Doyle
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Waiter (uncredited)
Dan Bernaducci ...
Guest (uncredited)
Dick Coe ...
Guest (uncredited)
Irene Crosby ...
Guest (uncredited)
Tony Dante ...
Fisherman (uncredited)
Roy Darmour ...
Man (uncredited)
Nancy Duke ...
Guest (uncredited)
Art Dupuis ...
Customer (uncredited)
Paul Finnegan ...
Young Boy Rolling Tire (uncredited)
Gil Frye ...
Man (uncredited)
Helen Hansen ...
Guest (uncredited)
Frank Kreig ...
Art the Projectionist (uncredited)
Bartender (uncredited)
Bill Slack ...
Customer (uncredited)
Bartender (uncredited)
Deborah Stewart ...
Baby Gloria (uncredited)
Diane Stewart ...
Baby Gloria (uncredited)
Waiter (uncredited)
Sally Yarnell ...
Guest (uncredited)

Directed by

Fritz Lang

Written by

Alfred Hayes ... (screenplay)
Clifford Odets ... (play "Clash by Night")

Produced by

Harriet Parsons ... producer
Norman Krasna ... producer (uncredited)
Jerry Wald ... producer (uncredited)

Music by

Roy Webb

Cinematography by

Nicholas Musuraca

Film Editing by

George Amy

Art Direction by

Carroll Clark
Albert S. D'Agostino

Set Decoration by

Jack Mills
Darrell Silvera

Makeup Department

Mel Berns ... makeup artist
Larry Germain ... hair stylist

Sound Department

Clem Portman ... sound
Jean L. Speak ... sound

Special Effects by

Harold E. Wellman ... special effects (as Harold Wellman)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Michael Woulfe ... wardrobe

Location Management

Louis Shapiro ... location manager (uncredited)

Music Department

C. Bakaleinikoff ... musical director
Leigh Harline ... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Paul Sawtell ... composer: stock music (uncredited)

Other crew

Norman Krasna ... presenter
Billy Rose ... stage producer
Jerry Wald ... presenter
Crew verified as complete

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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

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Also Known As
  • Le démon s'éveille la nuit (France)
  • Vor dem neuen Tag (Germany)
  • Encuentro en la noche (Spain)
  • Opgør i natten (Denmark)
  • Desengaño (Venezuela)
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  • 105 min
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Trivia 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 »
Goofs At the ~13 minute mark, after Mae walks past Joe in the Doyle house (Joe: "It's your life." Mae: "Yes, that's what's so funny. It's really mine."), you can see the moving shadow of one of the crew at the bottom left of the screen, on the floor. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The Love Goddesses (1965). See more »
Soundtracks I Hear a Rhapsody See more »
Crazy Credits and introducing Keith Andes See more »
Quotes Mae Doyle D'Amato: I'm tired of looking after men, I want to be looked after...
Peggy: Is that what you want from a man?
Mae Doyle D'Amato: Confidence! I want a man to give me confidence, somebody to fight off the blizzards and the floods, somebody to beat off the world when it tries to swallow you up. Huh, me and my ideas.
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