Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: The Breaking Point (Calling our man Beaver)

From: Patrick King (
Date: 30 Jun 2008

--- On Mon, 6/30/08, Stephen Burridge <> wrote:

"Clash By Night", in which Monroe also has a substantial supporting role, is a very interesting movie with noir elements, at least.


Monroe is wasted in CLASH BY NIGHT. Interesting and beautiful actress with nothing to do. Paul Douglas is desperately miscast against Robert Ryan who towers over him. Their fist fight looks like something staged for the Marx Brothers. It's a dark, thought provoking script and Stanwyck is perfectly cast. I think the script should be re-made with someone like Virginia Madsen in the Stanwyck role. It was not a notable role for Marlyn Monroe. She always stood out like a sore thumb in those cameos. You can't put someone who lights up a camera the way she does in a secondary position without hurting everyone else in the film.

Patrick King


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