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The Strange Love of Martha Ivers -- Eighteen years ago, Martha Ivers killed her aunt and covered it up with the help of others. Now, someone from her past who may know the truth about the murder has returned to Iverstown finding Martha in a loveless marriage. Passion and tension then ignite in this film noir tale about disillusionment and blackmail.


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Robert Rossen (screenplay)
John Patrick (story)
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Release Date:
24 July 1946 (USA) See more »
Fate drew them together... and only murder could part them!
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 nomination See more »
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One of the best of the noirs! See more (78 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Barbara Stanwyck ... Martha Ivers

Van Heflin ... Sam Masterson

Lizabeth Scott ... Antonia 'Toni' Marachek

Kirk Douglas ... Walter O'Neil

Judith Anderson ... Mrs. Ivers
Roman Bohnen ... Mr. O'Neil

Darryl Hickman ... Young Sam
Janis Wilson ... Young Martha

Ann Doran ... Bobbi St. John
Frank Orth ... Hotel Clerk
James Flavin ... Detective #1
Mickey Kuhn ... Young Walter
Charles D. Brown ... McCarthy
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gene Ashley ... Man (uncredited)
Walter Baldwin ... Dempsey (uncredited)
Bill Burt ... Man (uncredited)

Gino Corrado ... Nightclub Waiter (uncredited)
Catherine Craig ... French Maid (uncredited)
Kernan Cripps ... Policeman (uncredited)
Sayre Dearing ... Craps Shooter (uncredited)
Kay Deslys ... Deputy Elizabeth Baker, Jail Matron (uncredited)
Tom Dillon ... Detective (uncredited)
William Duray ... Waiter (uncredited)

Blake Edwards ... Sailor (uncredited)
Tom Fadden ... Cab Driver (uncredited)
Chuck Hamilton ... Strong Arm Man (uncredited)
Betty Hill ... Waitress (uncredited)
Robert Homans ... Gallagher (uncredited)
Olin Howland ... Newspaper Clerk (uncredited)
Gladden James ... John (uncredited)
Payne B. Johnson ... Bellboy (uncredited)
John Kellogg ... Joe (uncredited)
Harry Leonard ... Craps Shooter (uncredited)
Thomas Louden ... Lynch (uncredited)
Matt McHugh ... Bus Driver (uncredited)
Al Murphy ... Waiter (uncredited)
Bob Perry ... Bartender (uncredited)
Ricky Ricardi ... Man (uncredited)
Cyril Ring ... Nightclub Extra (uncredited)
Bert Roach ... Man Waiting for Friend (uncredited)

Tommy Ryan ... (uncredited)
Tom Schamp ... Policeman (uncredited)
Amzie Strickland ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Max Wagner ... Jake (uncredited)

Directed by
Lewis Milestone 
Writing credits
Robert Rossen (screenplay)

John Patrick (story "Love Lies Bleeding") (as Jack Patrick)

Robert Riskin  uncredited

Produced by
Hal B. Wallis .... producer
Original Music by
Miklós Rózsa  (as Miklos Rozsa)
Cinematography by
Victor Milner (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Archie Marshek 
Art Direction by
Hans Dreier 
John Meehan 
Set Decoration by
Sam Comer 
Jerry Welch 
Costume Design by
Edith Head 
Makeup Department
Wally Westmore .... makeup supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert Aldrich .... assistant director (uncredited)
Richard McWhorter .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Harold Lewis .... sound recordist
Walter Oberst .... sound recordist
Visual Effects by
Farciot Edouart .... process photography
Jan Domela .... matte painting assistant (uncredited)
Gordon Jennings .... special optical effects (uncredited)
W. Wallace Kelley .... transparency projectionist (uncredited)
Paul K. Lerpae .... special optical effects assistant (uncredited)
Irmin Roberts .... matte painting assistant (uncredited)
Helen Thurston .... stut double: Judith Anderson (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Neal Beckner .... second camera (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Music Department
Eugene Zador .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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116 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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Continuity: When Toni meets Sam, her cigarette suddenly reappears after she's thrown it away.See more »
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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What is Martha's 'strange love'?
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30 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
One of the best of the noirs!, 28 March 2001
Author: trudyr_1999 from Burbank, CA

This is a well-written, well-acted, thoroughly absorbing film noir. The always-great Barbara Stanwyck is at her sultriest as Martha, and Van Heflin is incredibly sexy and masculine as Sam. Watching this movie, you wouldn't think Kirk Douglas, who plays the weak-willed, alcoholic Walter, would soon become a bigger star than Heflin and play the tough, romantic hero parts like Sam Masterson. Douglas excelled at those parts, as he did with a very different type of part in this movie, but I can't help thinking that if Heflin had gotten more of those roles, he would have been just as big a star. Husky-voiced Lizabeth Scott rounds out the star foursome nicely as Toni, a wrong-side-of-the-tracks girl who's been burned by trusting the wrong men. This movie, more than most of its era, trades in shades of gray; the "bad" characters, Martha and Walter, have reasons for the evil they do, while the "good" characters, Sam and Toni, are no angels--he's a decorated war hero, but he makes his living by gambling and once killed a man in self-defense, while she just got out of jail. This complexity adds to the film's interest. The film also provides a believable depiction of small-town life; it's realistic, no Bedford Falls. The flashback portraying several of the characters as teenagers has the spark of reality as well. Highly recommended.

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