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Clash By Night
Directed by Fritz Lang • 1952 • United States
Starring Barbara Stanwyck, Paul Douglas, Robert Ryan
Mae Doyle (Barbara Stanwyck) is a good-time girl, but now times are bad. Weary of too much booze and too many men, she returns to her girlhood home, the fishing town of Monterey, California. There she finds security as the wife of a devoted and dull fisherman (Paul Douglas) . . . and passion in the arms of his dangerously volatile best friend (Robert Ryan). Film noir master Fritz Lang directs a powerhouse cast—including rising star Marilyn Monroe—in this stark tale (adapted from a Clifford Odets play) of turbulent lives roiled by passion and desperation.