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The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946)

Unrated | | Drama, Film-Noir | 24 July 1946 (USA)
A ruthless, domineering woman is married to an alcoholic D.A., her childhood companion who is the only living witness to her murder of her rich aunt seventeen years earlier.

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In 1928, young heiress Martha Ivers fails to run off with friend Sam Masterson, and is involved in fatal events. Years later, Sam returns to find Martha the power behind Iverstown and married to "good boy" Walter O'Neil, now district attorney. At first, Sam is more interested in displaced blonde Toni Marachek than in his boyhood friends; but they draw him into a convoluted web of plotting and cross-purposes. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Fate drew them together... and only murder could part them!

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The car that Sam Masterson (Van Heflin) drives into Iverstown at the beginning of the film is a 1942 DeSoto Custom Convertible. See more »

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When Sam and Toni are in Sam's car stopped at a railway crossing waiting for a train to pass, cars can be seen coming up behind and passing them. See more »

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Walter O'Neil: I wasn't going to shoot.
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Strange Love
Music by Miklós Rózsa
Lyrics by Edward Heyman
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acting tour de force with great film noir plot
22 February 2006 | by (chicago usa) – See all my reviews

this movie is one of those lost gems. barbara stanwyck and kirk douglas do a great job but they are not the reason this is a great gem. van heflin (of shane) and lizabeth scott are superb and in some ways overshadow kirk douglas in his screen debut and stanwyck. lizabeth smolders and pouts her way to perfection, what a babe!!. lizabeth should have been a huge star especially in the film noir genre. both van heflin and lizabeth scott are massively underrated and typically not remembered. that is a shame since they both were fine actors, that is the present generations loss. the plot is superb and throws some nice curves that keeps you on your toes.


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