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The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946)

 -  Drama | Film-Noir  -  24 July 1946 (USA)
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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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Antonia 'Toni' Marachek
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Walter O'Neil
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Mrs. Ivers
Roman Bohnen ...
Mr. O'Neil
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Sam as a Boy
Janis Wilson ...
Martha as a Girl
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Bobbi St. John
Frank Orth ...
Hotel Clerk
James Flavin ...
Detective #1
Mickey Kuhn ...
Walter as a Boy
Charles D. Brown ...
McCarthy - Private Detective
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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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24 July 1946 (USA)  »

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Love Lies Bleeding  »

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Trivia

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 Toni meets Sam, her cigarette suddenly reappears after she's thrown it away. See more »

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Walter O'Neil: You fell down the stairs.
Sam Masterson: I remember... you, carried me into here?
Walter O'Neil: Yeah.
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Strange Love
Written by Eddie Heyman & Miklós Rózsa
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Underrated Noir with an excellent cast.
5 December 2003 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

Knowing absolutely NOTHING about this movie (apart from it being the screen debut of Kirk Douglas) I thought it was going to be a potboiler, but I was pleasantly surprised at how good it was. It veers between Noir and melodrama, and I gotta say I was hooked from the get go. I'm not the biggest Barbara Stanwyck fan in the world, but she was well cast as the ruthless matriarch of a small town, and Douglas really pulled off an unusual role for him (basically a drunken wimp). Van Heflin ('Shane') plays the "hero" and holds his own against those two, and I also really liked Lizabeth Scott, an actress I'm not familiar with, who plays Heflin's love interest (sorta). 'The Strange Love Of Martha Ivers' will please fans of 1940s Noir. It deserves to be better known than it is.


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