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Clash By Night

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Clash by Night

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
Unrated
performer:
Robert Ryan, Barbara Stanwyck, Paul Douglas, Marilyn Monroe
director:
Fritz Lang
author:
Alfred Hayes
genre:
Drama

We gave it a B+

Tough dame Mae Doyle (a wonderfully cynical Barbara Stanwyck) returns home to her dreary sardine-canning town, where she has the option of a sweet, simple fisherman (Paul Douglas) or a tormented, violence-prone movie projectionist (an explosive Robert Ryan). Whom does she choose? You guessed it. Director Fritz Lang’s dark adaptation of Clifford Odets’ heavy-breathing love triangle Clash By Night features weighty symbolism and hard-bitten dialogue. And as lovebirds with a taste for mild sadomasochism, Marilyn Monroe and Keith Andes bulge through their duds provocatively. This black-and-white beauty remains grown-up after all these years. B+

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