Dynamite picture that features equally strong performances from its 3 leads: Barbara Stanwyck, Paul Douglas, and Robert Ryan. Lang's direction takes a standard love triangle picture and gives it a degree of heightened sexuality, danger and perversity. '....Home is where you come when you run out of places...'
Although she's sporting the most appalling haircut of her film career (think Ethel Mertz crossed with yr grandma), Barbara Stanwyck excels as a fickle slut who walks her own path quote unquote. Robert Ryan is a joy to watch in his surly magnificence and Marilyn Monroe (in her first major role) is bimbo autism at its finest. Rating is for the first 75 minutes only.
This psychodrama among fishermen is a disappointment for the hardcore Fritz Lang fan. But be reassured, CLASH BY NIGHT is nevertheless way better than HUMAN DESIRE shot two years later by the German master. The theatrical origin of the screenplay left important traces such as long existential dialogues that don't have aged very well. A DVD zone completists only.