Clash by Night

Clash by Night

Barbara Stanwyck
Director: Fritz Lang Cast: Barbara Stanwyck
Barbara Stanwyck
, Paul Douglas
Paul Douglas
, Robert Ryan
Robert Ryan
Fritz Lang




The opening credits appearing over a turbulent ocean serve as a foreshadowing of things to come in this standard-issue love triangle that shifts into high drama thanks to taut direction by Fritz Lang and a sizzling performance by Barbara Stanwyck. Returning to live with her brother, Joe (Keith Andes), at her family's home in a small fishing village, Mae Doyle (Stanwyck) has reached rock bottom. Reeling from the pain of her previous romances, Mae slowly pieces things together and begins dating Jerry (Paul Douglas), a simple-minded fisherman. More along Mae's speed is Jerry's slick, boozy pal Earl Pfeiffer (Robert Ryan), a film projectionist who makes his feelings for her known right away despite the fact that he is married. Mae spurns his advances and decides to marry Jerry. Meanwhile, Joe has grown close to ditzy factory worker Peggy (Marilyn Monroe). Some time later, Mae and Jerry have had a baby, and things appear happy, but Mae is not in love with Jerry, and soon finds herself in Earl's arms. Jerry discovers the affair, and during a confrontation with the deceitful couple, Mae reveals that she is leaving to be with Earl. After some booze and a pep talk from his Uncle Vince (J. Carrol Naish), Jerry confronts Earl and proceeds to nearly strangle him until Mae arrives. Jerry storms off, but when Mae comes to their home to retrieve the baby, she discovers that Jerry has taken the child. Desperately upset, she explains the situation to Earl, but as they talk, she begins to arrive at a new realization about her life and what it takes to find happiness. ~ Patrick Legare, All Movie Guide

Product Details

Release Date: 10/28/2014
UPC: 0888574096281
Original Release: 1952
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Time: 1:45:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Barbara Stanwyck Mae Doyle D'Amato
Paul Douglas Jerry D'Amato
Robert Ryan Earl Pfeiffer
Marilyn Monroe Peggy
J. Carrol Naish Uncle Vince
Keith Andes Joe Doyle
Silvio Minciotti Papa D'Amato
Tony Dante Fisherman at Pier
Nancy Duke Actor
Diane Stewart Baby
Gilbert Frye Man
Sally Yarnell Guest
Dan Bernaducci Guest
Al Cavens Guest
Julius Tannen Sad-Eyed Waiter
William Norton Bailey Waiter
Bert Stevens Bartender
Mario Siletti Bartender
Art Dupuis Customer
Frank Kreig Art
Tony Martin Singer

Technical Credits
Fritz Lang Director
George J. Amy Editor
Constantin Bakaleinikoff Musical Direction/Supervision
Jack Baker Songwriter
Mel Berns Makeup
Carroll Clark Art Director
Albert S. D'Agostino Art Director
David Dortort Screenwriter
George Fragos Songwriter
Joe Gasparre Songwriter
Alfred Hayes Screenwriter
Jack Mills Set Decoration/Design
Nick Musuraca Cinematographer
Harriet Parsons Producer
Clem Portman Sound/Sound Designer
Darrell Silvera Set Decoration/Design
Jean L. Speak Sound/Sound Designer
Roy Webb Score Composer
Harold E. Wellman Special Effects

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