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Clash By Night (1952)

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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

Jul 5, 2005

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The Clifford Odets screenplay seems to have roused the realist in director Fritz Lang: the backwater atmosphere is as authentic as it is oppressive.

February 9, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Lang's quintessential film noir offers Barbara Stanwyck a role that fits her like a silk glove

May 3, 2011 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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Interesting romantic drama, with vivid location filming in Monterey's fishing community.

July 18, 2009 Full Review Source: Classic Film and Television
Classic Film and Television

A moving, nervously effective film.

July 25, 2005 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

not terribly creepy or even that moody

June 23, 2005 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

The performances are stagy but filled with fiery emotion.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Audience Reviews for Clash By Night

The potential ultimate noir coupling of Stanwyck and Ryan results in this solid but not quite socko near-noir.

DVD features great Bogdanovich talk thru - for which, to judge by his level of enthusiasm and preparation, Peter was compensated a sandwich, a soda and chips.
April 26, 2007
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Come on, what hot blooded, wire bra-ed bombshell wouldn't choose the dashing Robert Ryan over the lumpy Paul Douglas? Except, of course, when Douglas is a kind-hearted, lovable teddy bear and Ryan is a self absorbed, misogynist prick.

Barbara Stanwyck was a master at playing flawed characters and her Mae Doyle is about as flawed as they come. Bad girl, good film, great actress.
December 3, 2010
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Randy Tippy

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fritz lang's "clash by night" is a psychological drama about the paradoxical mentality of female perplexity about life and its harboring cease. babara stanwyck would be the individualistic rebel lady who drifts everywhere to seek her dreams even eventually she winds up with "big dreams, small results"

stanwyck plays mae doyle, a woman who wanders from home for 10 years, a prodigal daughter retreats back to her homeland with one bitter remark "home is the place to go when you run out of places", a woman who wants her man to "fight off the blizzards the floods" just to make her feel "confident"....a egoist who abides nothing but motivated by her anguishes to live and explore the world with novelty. a woman who claims that she would never be satisfied enough to give any man happiness since her character is webbed with too much ambivalent affirmations to be genuinely tamed by any man, and mae shrewdly sneers at the world with her sass and sharply sardonic wits until she meets her fellow rebel earl (robert ryan) who is a cynical grudgy man embittered with spousal tumults, uttering quibs like "wouldn't you wanna cut a beautiful dame up?" "i like the woman who stays on ceiling when i throw all of them above"...a volcanic man with enough individuality to rival mae....and this resistant ambiguity also arouses mae's animosity.....thus she chooses to marry her another suitor jerry with the clumsy looks of ape but has a generous heart of gold despite his simple-mindedness cannot provide the thrilling kicks of life mae's always craving for.

it might appear somehow melodramatic but the script offers plenty of wisecracking wisdom between the lines to depict each character with enough distinctive contour of humanity. and the episode of marilyn monroe who plays the girlfriend of mae's brother is also quite pleasantly juxtaposed with her talks of feminism and refusal of being trapped as cannary in marriage....

inevitably mae's being lured away by charismatic earl who whispers love with more refined skills than stupified jerry....ultimately mae succumbs to her sense of feminine duty instead of her intense drive of egoism....accurately speaking, she lifts up the veil of her selfism to ripe into mature womanhood since the world is not always "her disappointment, her unhappiness"...

only brilliantly talented stanwyck could incarnate into such fickle role with multiple outbursts of complexity conviningly....only stanwyck has enough charisma to redeem this character with comprehensible pathos...a well-performed stagy flick upon the theme of woman and her choices over the crossroad of life.
February 12, 2008
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Veronique Kwak

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raw, emotional drama with top performances. interesting to see marilyn monroe playing just a regular girl.
April 17, 2007
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