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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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(Western Electric Recording)

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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

When Sam Masterson (as a boy) leaves town, he is lying beneath a circus wagon on a flat car. None of the overhead views of the train show a flat car or circus wagon. See more »

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Martha Ivers as a girl: You don't own the whole world.
Mrs. Ivers: Enough to make sure you're always brought back to me.
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Strange Love
Written by Eddie Heyman & Miklós Rózsa
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Star Power to Spare
27 March 2002 | by (Cleveland, Ohio) – See all my reviews

A powerhouse cast is assembled for "The Strange Love of Martha Ivers." It's a treat to watch this able quintet at work, making for an engrossing film experience.

Barbara Stanwyck is at her peak--sure, confident, and unfailing. Van Heflin's natural talent makes everything he does seem effortless. Kirk Douglas offers a most impressive film debut in what, in retrospect, is an uncharacteristic role. Lizabeth Scott (who seems to me a fascinating cross between Lauren Bacall and Rosemary Clooney) is constantly engaging. Long after her part has faded, Scott's image remains indelibly fixed in the memory. And finally, the great Judith Anderson is on in a strong character role.

Miklos Rozsa's compositional style is remarkable in its adaptablity. Close one's eyes, and the film could well be set a thousand years earlier--or any point in between. Which is to say, it's general, while at the same time, specific.

The writing team headed by Robert Rossen created a slick and saucy script, which holds interest throughout, and Hal B. Wallis was sharp enough to retain this productional team formula for many years. Were the film to have been given a perhaps more poetic--less Gothic--title, it might have enjoyed even greater stature in the annals of the genre.

As it is, "Ivers" is a worthy member of the noir film family.


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