Clash By Night

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CLASH BY NIGHT —–hard-breathing 1952 triangle melodrama is dated but tolerable thanks to its cast.  Morally dubious drifter Barbara Stanwyck ends up back in her home burg and in due course is courted by well-meaning hulk Paul Douglas.  Erstwhile pal, a cynical Robert Ryan, has a go at Babs, and a bad time is had by all.  Co-star Marilyn Monroe shows off her figure at the beach and J. Carrol Naish offers the best characterization as Douglas’ uncle.

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Directed by Fritz Lang, from a Clifford Odets play.  MMs famous calendar came out during filming, which added some spark to the publicity.  Good dialogue as insults are sparred, but it’s a dullish production visually.  105 minutes long, it came in 70th for the money earners of the year.  With Silvio Minciotti and Keith Andes.

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