Clash by Night

Synopsis: The bitter and cynical Mae Doyle returns to the fishing village where she was raised after deceptive loves and life in New York. She meets her brother, the fisherman Joe Doyle, and he lodges her in his home. Mae is courted by Jerry D'Amato, a good and naive man that owns the boat where Joe works, and he introduces his brutal friend Earl Pfeiffer, who works as theater's projectionist and is cheated by his wife. She does not like Earl and his jokes, but Jerry considers him his friend and they frequently see each other. Mae decides to accept the proposal of Jerry and they get married and one year later they have a baby girl. When the wife of Earl leaves him, he becomes depressed and Mae, who is bored with her loveless marriage, has an affair with him.
Director(s): Fritz Lang
Rotten Tomatoes:
105 min

The guy you wrote Ma

you were gonna marry.

I neglected to write

that he was already married.

Does it sound sordid?

All right, it sounds sordid.

He died, left me some money.

But they took it to court.

His wife, his brothers.

I almost drowned in outraged relatives.

Mae Doyle, 10 years later.

It's your life.

Yes, that's what's so funny.

It's really mine.

Well, do I go or stay?

It's your house too.

You can use Ma's old room.

Mae, I'll help you unpack.

You watch the coffee. Come on.

Joe said you lived in New York.

For a while.

- I don't think I'd like New York.

- Why?

I don't know. I'd be scared.

Nice. Did you get this in New York?

No, a drug store in Kansas City.

How old are you, Peg?


Twenty, the age of miracles.

- Here's your coffee, Mae.

- Oh, thanks, Joe.

- Do you want anything?

- A Cadillac.

Know what I'd really like?

A trailer.

Just go over the whole country

seeing places.

Where would you bring up the kids,

in the back seat?

Who said I'd have kids?

- You'd have kids.

- Yeah?

- Joe wants me to marry him.

- I gathered that.

But I hate people bossing me.

You marry a fella,

the first thing he does is boss you.

He can be real sweet sometimes.

But I don't wanna have to work

in a cannery if I got married.

Does Joe want you to work?

You know fellas.

They say a lot of things.

But wait till there's a bad catch

and money's short.

I'd go right back in the cannery.

I'd be stuck good.

You're very pretty, Peggy.

The boys whistle a lot.

I'm real glad you came back home, Mae.

Are you?

- Am I what?

- Glad you're home.

Home is where you come

when you run out of places.

I sure was surprised when

I walked into Angelo's...

...and there your sister was,

sitting at the bar.

- What's she gonna do now she's home?

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