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The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946)

A ruthless, domineering woman is married to an alcoholic D.A., her childhood companion and 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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Love Lies Bleeding  »

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"The Hedda Hopper Show - This Is Hollywood" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on April 12, 1947 with Van Heflin reprising his film role. See more »

Goofs

In their adjoining hotel rooms, Sam Masterson offers to "run a bath" for Toni Marachek, but in the next scene Toni is taking a shower, and both characters are only ever seen taking showers at the hotel. See more »

Quotes

Detective #1: Good morning, Mr. Masterston!
Sam Masterson: [Realizing he's a policeman] You don't have to show me who you are. I can tell by the smell.
Detective #1: My nose isn't that big!
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Connections

Referenced in Kirk Douglas: Video Scrapbook (1994) See more »

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Strange Love
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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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