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CLASH BY NIGHT


Fritz Lang, 1952



A Stanwyck field day, in the kind of role she could do with her eyes closed, but because it's well-directed by Fritz Lang, the actress can let go with the snarls, venom, and wounded savagery we've come to expect and love. CLASH is a California cousin of Williams's STREETCAR but Stanwyck's Mae is tougher than Blanche; she's returned home a fallen woman to lick her big-city wounds, and Stanwyck gives it the commonness that Tallulah Bankhead had been too elegant for on Broadway. The story is essentially an Odets kitchen-sink triangle, with dangerous Ryan as resident trouble--he's terrific--and Douglas as the cuckholded spouse. The latter is the weak part of the triangle, but it still works.

In her first major role, Monroe gives a surprising turn as a young woman who, for the most part, is refreshingly independent. This is the lovely Monroe without the candy floss accoutrements; one watches CLASH sensing her career might have gone in a totally different direction had Fox marketed her in an adult manner. The steam she generates with the muscular Andes when Stanwyck and Ryan aren't clawing at each other's clothes makes CLASH BY NIGHT eminently watchable. And fun besides.


Genre:
Drama
Color or b/w:
Black & white
Production Co(s).:
RKO

Released by:
RKO
Running time:
105

Barbara Stanwyck
Mae Doyle
Paul Douglas
Jerry D'Amato
Robert Ryan
Earl Pfeiffer
Marilyn Monroe
Peggy
J. Carrol Naish
Uncle Vince
Keith Andes
Joe Doyle
Silvio Minciotti
Papa
Diane Stewart
Deborah Stewart
Baby Gloria
Julius Tannen
Sad-Eyed Waiter
Tony Dante
Fisherman at Pier
Roy D'Amour
Nancy Duke
Sally Yarnell
Irene Crosby
Gilbert Frye
Helen Hansen
Dick Coe
Al Cavens
Dan Bernaducci
William Norton Bailey
Bert Stevens
Mario Siletti
Art Dupuis
Bill Slack

Producer:
Harriet Parsons
Exec. Producer:
Jerry Wald
Director:
Fritz Lang
Writer:
Alfred Hayes
David Dortort (based on the play by Clifford Odets)
Cinematographer:
Nicholas Musuraca
Editor:
George Amy
Music Composer:
Roy Webb
Music Director:
C. Bakaleinikoff
Art Director:
Albert S. D'Agostino
Carroll Clark
Set Decorator:
Darrell Silvera
Jack Mills
Special Effects:
Harold Wellman

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