Run time: 105 mins
In Theaters: Monday 4th August 1952
Distributed by: WARNER BROTHERS PICTURES
Production compaines: RKO Radio Pictures, Wald/Krasna Productions
Contactmusic.com: 3 / 5
Rotten Tomatoes: 73%
Fresh: 11 Rotten: 4
IMDB: 7.1 / 10
Director: Fritz Lang
Screenwriter: Alfred Hayes
Starring: Barbara Stanwyck as Mae Doyle D'Amato, Paul Douglas as Jerry D'Amato, Robert Ryan as Earl Pfeiffer, Marilyn Monroe as Peggy, J. Carrol Naish as Uncle Vince, Keith Andes as Joe Doyle, Silvio Minciotti as Papa D'Amato, Tony Martin as Singer of 'I Hear a Rhapsody' (voice)
The setting is always good for a noir, and throwing Barbara Stanwyck in as the lead doesn't hurt. Here Stanwyck plays a woman who didn't quite make it in the big city, so she's moved back home to figure out what to do next.
Clash by Night isn't terribly creepy or even that moody, but Stanwyck carries the bulk of the movie with a turmoil-ridden performance, and Douglas's sad sack loser is a marginally interesting character. Ryan's smarmy Earl is the kind of guy you love to hate, but ultimately the way this love triangle plays out isn't very satisfying, despite the momentary appearance of Marilyn Monroe, which offers a glimmer of hope that an interesting twist might erupt. It unfortunately does not.
Directed by Fritz Lang, Clash is for the most part an also-ran in the noir genre.