Clash by Night (1952) Directed by Fritz Lang Presented by Barbara Steffek-Hill
Disillusioned Mae Doyle (Barbara Stanwyck) returns home after a long absence and stays with her brother Joe (Keith Andes). His girlfriend Peggy (Marilyn Monroe) and Mae form an instant friendship. Fishing boat owner Jerry D’Amato (Paul Douglas) dates Mae and finds the nerve to propose. Mae decides to marry Jerry for security, but finds she’s content with the marriage. Jerry includes his friend Earl Pfeiffer (Robert Ryan) in their social life. Pfeiffer is a bitter man and can be volatile. Drunk and stumbling, Pfeiffer arrives at the couple’s home, passes out and sleeps it off overnight at their place. The next day, after Jerry goes to work, Mae breaks down in tears, after realizing where her feelings are leading her. Barbara Steffek-Hill presents a series of classic and contemporary films from her personal favorites.