The local film series The Lady Eve: The Films of Barbara Stanwyck concludes tonight with a screening of the 1952 drama Clash By Night. Based on Clifford Odets' play and smoothly directed by Fritz Lang, this casts Stanwyck as a world-weary woman who returns to her small hometown; there, she marries a lunkish but good-hearted fishing boat captain (Paul Douglas) and then carries on an affair with his unscrupulous best friend (Robert Ryan).
Marilyn Monroe co-stars as an independent-minded factory worker who enjoys a feisty relationship with her macho fiancé (Keith Andes), and rarely has this perpetually underrated actress appeared sexier. Until its weak-kneed conclusion, Clash By Night is an engrossing movie: literate, poignant and extremely well-acted.
The film will be shown at 7 p.m. tonight in the Wachovia Playhouse at ImaginOn, 300 E. 7th St. Admission is free. For more info, call 704-416-0252.