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Clash by night

Mae Doyle 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, where she finds security as the wife of a devoted and dull fisherman and passion in the arms of his provocative best friend.

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  • "Le démon s'éveille la nuit"
  • "Film noir classic collection"@en
  • "Démon s'éveille la nuit"
  • "démon s'éveille la nuit"

  • "Mae Doyle 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, where she finds security as the wife of a devoted and dull fisherman and passion in the arms of his provocative best friend."@en
  • ""In a seaside Monterey bar, burly fisherman Jerry D'Amato becomes excited when he bumps into Mae Doyle, a girl from his youth who has just returned home. The sophisticated but unhappy Mae fails to recognize Jerry and goes off to find her younger brother Joe. Joe, who helps Jerry on his boat, is less than pleased by Mae's arrival, even though he has not seen her in ten years. When she admits that she made a mistake by becoming involved with an older man who turned out to be married, however, Joe's attitude softens a little. Joe's girl friend Peggy, who works at the local sardine cannery, is awestruck by the worldly Mae and confides that, like Mae before her, she yearns for excitement and does not want to be bossed around by a man. Later, at the fishing docks, the kind but awkward Jerry asks Joe about Mae's availability, and Joe encourages Jerry to invite her out. During their first date at the local movie theater, Jerry introduces Mae to his best friend, projectionist Earl Pfeiffer. Mae is attracted to the cynical Earl, but dismisses him sharply when he subjects her to a misogynistic tirade about his burlesque dancer wife. Sometime later, while on a night boat ride with Mae, Jerry brings up the subject of marriage, but Mae gently maintains that she is not the 'wife type.' However, after a disturbing, drunken flirtation with Earl, Mae, who has told Earl that she desires men who make her feel confident and alive, agrees to marry Jerry. At the wedding reception, Earl insists on kissing Mae, and when she resists his ardor, he storms off. Later, after the birth of Jerry and Mae's daughter Gloria, Jerry's freeloading uncle Vince complains that Mae is too controlling and accuses Jerry of being henpecked. That night, the now-divorced Earl shows up at the D'Amatos', drunk, and rants about women and marriage until he passes out in their living room. The next morning, before Jerry leaves for work, Mae surprises him by asking for a goodbye kiss. A hung-over Earl then wakes up and questions Mae about the health of her marriage. Sensing that she has resigned herself to a dull life with Jerry, Earl kisses her forcibly. Mae rebuffs him, but later, after a joyful Peggy comes by the D'Amatos' to announce her engagement to Joe, Earl again kisses Mae, who finally gives in to her passions. Sometime later, Jerry rescues his father from a barroom fight but cannot get the old man to discuss the argument. The vindictive Vince, however, informs Jerry that the town has been gossiping about Mae and Earl and that his father was defending the family name. Angry and indignant, Jerry drives Vince out of his house, then tries to force his father to talk. When Papa again refuses, Jerry searches Mae's things and finds some perfume and lingerie at the bottom of a drawer. As soon as Mae and Earl return to the house, having spent the day together, Jerry confronts them with the items. Mae finally confesses that she is having an affair with Earl but maintains that she was driven to it through boredom and loneliness. Deeply wounded, Jerry calls Mae and Earl 'animals' and runs off. Earl advises Mae to leave town with him, but she is reluctant to go until she knows that Jerry is safe. Later, Mae finds Jerry at home and tells him that she is in love with Earl and is running away with him. Jerry tries to change Mae's mind, then screams threats when she reveals that she intends to take Gloria. Terrified of Jerry's wrath, Mae leaves the house without Gloria and goes to Joe's place to pack. While Joe condemns his sister's actions, Peggy offers her sympathy. Still enraged, Jerry, meanwhile, shows up at the movie theater and starts to choke Earl. Mae arrives in time to stop Jerry, who throws her across the room before coming to his senses. Soon after, Mae and Earl return to Jerry's to pick up Gloria, but discover the baby gone. When Papa condemns Mae and refuses to reveal where Jerry took Gloria, Mae starts to have second thoughts about leaving. Unconcerned, Earl insists that they can go without Gloria, prompting Mae to realize that she has spent her entire marriage running away from her responsibilities. Disgusted by Mae's expressions of guilt, Earl announces that he is departing, with or without her. In response, Mae declares that she is taking her chances with her husband and heads for Jerry's boat. There, Mae asks Jerry to forgive her and insists that she has changed. While admitting that he may never be able to trust her, Jerry accepts Mae's apologies and agrees to try again. Jerry then tells Mae that Gloria is asleep on the bunk, and she quietly goes to her baby"--AFI catalog, 1951-1960."@en
  • "The eternal triangle involving an embittered woman's adultery with an equally disillusioned man is transposed from the play's middle class milieu of New York's Staten Island to a west coast fishing village. Strikingly photographed and edited location footage successfully locates the drama in the dangerous undercurrents of emotional relationships between complex characters. Stanwyck has a level of self-awareness not usually associated with the femme fatale while Ryan's anguished portrayal of an unhappy personality is not wholly unsympathetic."@en
  • "Fiction. Drame psychologique. De retour dans sa ville natale, une femme épouse un pêcheur et a une liaison avec un ami de celui-ci. Avec Barbara Stanwyck, Paul Douglas, Marilyn Monroe, Robert Ryan."
  • "A party girl decides she has had enough of the wild lifestyle and returns to her childhood home, where she finds security with a new husband but soon finds herself in an affair with his best friend."@en
  • "After ten years, Mae Doyle returns to Monterey, California. Having left for the big city, seeking adventure and excitement, she has come home disillusioned and bitter. She marries a decent, simple fisherman, but begins an affair with a shallow, slick cynic, who's also a friend of her husband."@en
  • ""Mae ... returns to ... [her childhood] village after ten years spent in futile attempts to find personal happiness. Tired and resigned, she marries Jerry ..a fisherman who offers trust and security. Even as she tries to repay him with loyalty and what passes for love, she finds she cannot resist the physical appeal of Earl ... her husband's best friend."--External container."@en
  • "The drama of a lonely woman married to a fishing boat skipper who becomes involved with his best friend."@en
  • "Bitter and lonely, big city girl Mae Doyle, returns home to the sleepy fishing village of her childhood where she meets and marries Jerry, a local fisherman. Mae attempts to settle into her marriage and motherhood, but old habits die hard. Soon boredom and frustration take over and Mae finds herself entangled in an affair with a man she knows is no good--her husband's best friend."@en
  • "Dopo una lunga assenza, Mae Doyle torna nella sua città natale stanca e delusa dalla vita. Sposa un pescatore, che da anni era innamorato di lei, ma finisce per tradirlo con il suo migliore amico..."

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  • "Film noir"@en
  • "Film noir"
  • "Drama"
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  • "Drama"@en
  • "Film adaptations"@en
  • "fiction dramatique (fiction)"
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  • "Clash by night Le démon s'éveille la nuit"
  • "Clash by night (Motion picture : 1952)"@en
  • "Clash by night (Motion picture)"@en