Clash by Night
Clash by Night (1952)

Adapted from a play by Clifford Odets, Clash by Night is a pretentious but well-staged "kitchen sink" drama involving love and lust in a tiny fishing village. Desperate for security and happiness, Barbara Stanwyck enters into a… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: June 18, 1952
DVD Release Date: July 5, 2005
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Critic Score: 73% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

Clifford Odets' Clash by Night, presented on Broadway over a decade earlier, reaches the screen in a rather aimless drama of lust and passion.

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A.H. Weiler
New York Times

It lacks conviction and distinction despite its hard-working principals.

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Emanuel Levy

Lang's quintessential film noir offers Barbara Stanwyck a role that fits her like a silk glove

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

The Clifford Odets screenplay seems to have roused the realist in director Fritz Lang: the backwater atmosphere is as authentic as it is oppressive.

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Tony Sloman
Radio Times

What is surprising is that this inexpensive RKO melodrama is from once revered émigré director Fritz Lang, who fails to disguise the inherent dullness of the original material or to mask the obvious studio backdrops and poor matching front projection.

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Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television

Interesting romantic drama, with vivid location filming in Monterey's fishing community.

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Tony Rayns
Time Out

A very Langian picture of the dangerous undercurrents in emotional relationships, excellently acted by the three principals.

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TV Guide

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.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

A moving, nervously effective film.

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Flixster Audience Score: 70% Flixster User Reviews
Bob Stinson
The potential ultimate noir coupling of Stanwyck and Ryan results in this solid but not quite socko near-noir. DVD features great Bogdanovich talk thru - for… More
jay nixon
raw, emotional drama with top performances. interesting to see marilyn monroe playing just a regular girl.
Randy Tippy
Come on, what hot blooded, wire bra-ed bombshell wouldn't choose the dashing Robert Ryan over the lumpy Paul Douglas? Except, of course, when Douglas is a… More
Michael Gildea
It's not that great, but I love it.
Veronique Kwak
fritz lang's "clash by night" is a psychological drama about the paradoxical mentality of female perplexity about life and its harboring cease.… More
Walter M.
In "Clash by Night," Mae(Barbara Stanwyck) has returned to Monterey after a ten year absence to be reunited with her younger brother Joe(Keith Andes)… More