Clash by Night Overview:

Clash by Night (1952) was a Film Noir - Drama Film directed by Fritz Lang and produced by Jerry Wald, Norman Krasna and Harriet Parsons.


Bruised by city life, Mae Doyle (Stanwyck) returns to the safe haven of her hometown, a small fishing community. There she finds comfort in the arms of a loving fisherman whom she marries; but before too long Mae has thrown herself into another, more passionate affair with a bitter, angry man. She willingly abandons her husband and child to pursue this romance, only to discover that her homecoming has permanently altered her view of the world and finds she would gladly return to her husband if he can ever forgive her. Steamy potboiler based on Odets's play abetted by Lang and terrific performance by Stanwyck.

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Marilyn: Behind the Icon - Clash by Night

By Gary Vitacco-Robles on Jun 15, 2020 From Classic Movie Hub Blog

CRKO?s Clash By Night, Marilyn Monroe?s thirteenth film, opens with a dramatic soundtrack as waves crash against coastal rocks, director Fritz Lang?s metaphor for the sexual tension to follow. Worldly but weary Mae Doyle (Barbara Stanwyck) returns home to a small fishing village after a ten ... Read full article

Clash By Night (1952)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Nov 24, 2018 From 4 Star Films

Clash By Night comes from a stage play by Clifford Odetts and in one sense it’s extremely evident. However, being blessed by a still capable director in Fritz Lang and bolstered by quality talent does wonders for this squallish RKO drama.?The portentous symbolism of Lang is on full display fro... Read full article

Clash by Night (1952) – with Barbara Stanwyck and Paul Douglas

By Greg Orypeck on May 19, 2016 From Classic Film Freak

Share This! A full-throttle tale of raw passions and gut emotions. Although?Clash by Night?opens like a documentary and has certain characteristics of film noir, it is neither, though their absence is a poor excuse to avoid seeing this somewhat obscure film, well-acted, the script being its weakest ... Read full article

Clash by Night (1952)

By Beatrice on Sep 28, 2015 From Flickers in Time

Clash by Night Directed by Fritz Lang Written by Alfred Hayes from a play by Clifford Odets 1952/USA RKO Radio Pictures; Wald/Krasna Productions First viewing/Amazon Instant Earl Pfeiffer: [Sardonically] Since I got my divorce. If you did not know, you would never guess that Fritz Lang had direct... Read full article

Backlots at Noir City: THE THIN MAN (1934) and CLASH BY NIGHT (1950)

By Lara on Jan 23, 2015 From Backlots

As a proud Barbara Stanwyck aficionado, I was thrilled when Noir City 13 reached its halfway point on Wednesday night with a screening of two Barbara Stanwyck dramas from the 1950s–Clash By Night (1950) and Crime of Passion (1957). As both are films that I have seen before (I’ve seen 67 ... Read full article

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Quotes from

Earl Pfeiffer: [Peggy has just announced her engagement to Joe] Congratulations. I'm glad you put the guy out of his misery.
Peggy: Since when did you start recommending marriage?
Earl Pfeiffer: [Sardonically] Since I got my divorce.

Mae Doyle D'Amato: Jerry! If you come any closer to me I'll smash your face in with the first thing I can lay my hands on!
Jerry D'Amato: You're no good!

Jerry D'Amato: Earl, he's one of the smartest men I know. He's in the movie business.
Mae Doyle D'Amato: An actor?
Jerry D'Amato: No, but I bet Earl could be if he wanted to. He works at the Bijou theatre, in the projection booth.
Mae Doyle D'Amato: That's your idea of being in the movie business?
Jerry D'Amato: Running movies, what other business would you call it?

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When Mae and Jerry are in the movies, Mae tells him "this is where we came in" and they walk out. It was common in the 1950s for viewers to walk in during a picture, watch it till the end and then wait for the picture to play again and leave when it gets to the part they came into the theater.
Shot in 1951, not released until 1952.
As this was one of Marilyn Monroe's first starring roles, she was still under an acting coach and wanted her on the set to help her in scenes. She would stand behind director Fritz Lang and tell her when a scene was good enough, as opposed to listening to Lang, and when the director saw what was doing on he got furious and demanded she leave the set (at the time this coach also worked for 20th Century Fox). After Monroe complained and wouldn't act without her, Lang allowed the coach to return to the set, on the condition that she not direct Monroe.
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