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Director:
Writers:
Robert Rossen (screenplay)
John Patrick (story)
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Release Date:
24 July 1946 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Fate drew them together... and only murder could part them!
Plot:
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 »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Whisper her name: Stanwyck as twisted steeltown autocrat See more (74 total) »

Cast

  (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 ... Sam as a Boy
Janis Wilson ... Martha as a Girl

Ann Doran ... Bobbi St. John
Frank Orth ... Hotel Clerk
James Flavin ... Detective #1
Mickey Kuhn ... Walter as a Boy
Charles D. Brown ... McCarthy - Private Detective
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gene Ashley ... Man (uncredited)
Walter Baldwin ... Dempsey - Garage Owner (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, the Cop (uncredited)
Olin Howland ... Newspaper clerk (uncredited)
Gladden James ... John (uncredited)
Payne B. Johnson ... Bellboy (uncredited)
John Kellogg ... Joe - Private Detective (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, the Detective (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)
 
Stunts
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)
 
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116 min
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Mono (Western Electric Recording)
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The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Walter O'Neil reads and partially crumples the note handed to him in his office. When he sits down behind his desk a second later, the note is perfectly flat.See more »
Quotes:
Walter O'Neil:I wasn't going to shoot.
Sam Masterson:I wasn't going to wait and see.
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Soundtrack:
Strange LoveSee more »

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32 out of 35 people found the following review useful.
Whisper her name: Stanwyck as twisted steeltown autocrat, 24 May 2003
Author: bmacv from Western New York

Lewis Milestone's The Strange Love of Martha Ivers presents a, well, strange case. Much if not most of it fits comfortably into the noir cycle that was just gathering its head of steam. But its look, save some recurrent bus-station shots, suggests lavish and well-lit prestige productions (as does its length), and in its deep-rooted narrative it harks back to sprawling, brooding melodramas such as Kings Row.

That narrative is broken-backed as well, with two disjointed time frames. The movie opens in 1928 in sooty Iverstown, a steel city almost certainly somewhere in Pennsylvania. There we meet, as teenagers, three of the story's principals: Unruly Martha, making yet another attempt to run away from her wealthy, rigid aunt (Judith Anderson); her street-urchin buddy Sammy; and prissy school-teacher's son Walter. On the night Anderson is bludgeoned to death (to the tune of lightning, thunder and crashing rains), Sammy waits for Martha to join him; when she doesn't, he signs up with the circus and blows town.

Fast-forward to 1946, when decorated veteran Sammy (Van Heflin), headed west, cracks up his car and finds himself once more in Iverstown. He meets up with the fourth main character, Lizabeth Scott, who not unlike himself has been knocked about (she's a jailbird). When the police lock her up for violating parole, he pays a visit to his old friend Walter (Kirk Douglas, in his debut), now the district attorney, to secure her release.

Douglas, who rarely draws a sober breath, holds the office thanks to the ambition and power of his wife Martha (Barbara Stanwyck). (The original publicity campaign cautioned `Whisper her name!') When she shows up unexpectedly and warmly greets Heflin, all Douglas' insecurities and jealousies erupt; not only does he suspect that Heflin has always been his wife's first love but he fears that Heflin, privy to the long-buried secret of the aunt's death, can undo his marriage, his success, and the industrial empire Stanwyck has built. He takes heavy-handed measures to defend himself, blackmailing Scott into framing Heflin. But hasn't reckoned with the resourcefulness of his adversary – or with the wilfulness of his wife.

But the story is really plotted along romantic coordinates whose intersections are punctuated by Miklos Rozsa's throbbing score. Douglas loves Stanwyck, who really loves Heflin, while Scott loves Heflin, who loves her back but still has unfinished business with Stanwyck (no wonder Douglas drinks – nobody loves him). And in the rondelay of turnabouts and betrayals (or seeming betrayals), The Strange Love of Martha Ivers slips perilously close to soap opera. Its stately pace and prosperous look give it a dated, ponderous feel, quite unlike the rough sleekness of film noir, though there's an unmistakable echo of Double Indemnity – Stanwyck's performance as Martha Ivers reworks hers as Phyllis Dietrichson, right down to the concluding love-death tableau.

But, while occasionally cumbersome, The Strange Love of Martha Ivers stands on its own as an overwrought, obsessive drama, with a very topical acknowledgment of the insulation that money and power can buy, and of the moral and social corruption that inflexibly comes as part of the package. It's a strange movie, all right, but a haunting one as well.

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