Clash By Night
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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 Jerry (Paul Douglas), a simple-minded fisherman. More along Mae's speed is Jerry's slick,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The Clifford Odets screenplay seems to have roused the realist in director Fritz Lang: the backwater atmosphere is as authentic as it is oppressive."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"A moving, nervously effective film."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Lang's quintessential film noir offers Barbara Stanwyck a role that fits her like a silk glove"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"not terribly creepy or even that moody"
‑ Christopher Null,
"Interesting romantic drama, with vivid location filming in Monterey's fishing community."
‑ Michael E. Grost, Classic Film and Television
"The performances are stagy but filled with fiery emotion."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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