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Clash by Night (1952)

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DVD Release Date
 R1: Jul 5, 2005

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Running Time
1 hour, 45 minutes

Country USA

Studio RKO Pictures

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• Clash by Night
• Vor dem neuen Tag (1952)

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Genre: Film-Noir, Drama, Suspense, Love Triangle, Infidelity, Melodrama, Disturbing

Tagline: Livin' in my house! Lovin' another man! Is that what you call bein' honest? That's just givin' it a nice name!

Plot: Barbara Stanwyck and Marilyn Monroe star in Fritz Lang's CLASH BY NIGHT, based on a play by Clifford Odets. Lang (M, METROPOLIS, THE BIG HEAT) stays true to form with this disturbing yet subtle portrait of the dangerous undercurrents of everyday life and the push and pull of greed and loyalty in modern relationships. The film begins with Mae Doyle (Stanwyck) returning to the safe haven of her hometown, a small fishing community in Monterey, California. Upon her arrival, she is befriended by a newly married young woman working in the canneries, played by Monroe. Mae also finds a friend in a kindhearted fisherman whom she quickly marries. But before too long Mae has thrown herself into a tumultuous affair with another man.

In the second half of the movie, which takes place a year after the first, Mae willingly abandons her husband and child to pursue her affair. But she quickly learns that her new lover is a bitter, angry man. With him she's not the person that she used to be. She regrets her decision terribly and wishes that she could return to her husband--that is, if he could ever forgive her. Stanwyck's performance as a world-weary vamp is compellingly juxtaposed with Monroe's performance as a sassy, naive newlywed, as each character offsets the other's personal struggles.

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 Directed by
Fritz Lang
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 Written by
Clifford Odets
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Alfred Hayes
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Marilyn Monroe
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Robert Ryan
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 Music By
Roy Webb
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