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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 »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. See more »
User Reviews:
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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)
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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)
 
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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1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
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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 »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: 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 »
Quotes:
Sam Masterson:[looking at a picture of the now grown Walter O'Neil] Do you think he looks like a scared little boy?
Toni Marachek:[laughs] He looks like he's about to cry.
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Soundtrack:
Strange LoveSee more »

FAQ

Why did Martha kill her aunt?
What is Martha's 'strange love'?
What does the reference to Lot mean at the end of the story?
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20 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
You can't go home again, 10 December 2005
Author: blanche-2 from United States

Due to a car accident, Van Heflin has to return to his home town in "The Strange Love of Martha Ivers," and walks into a world full of blackmail and murder. 18 years earlier, he ran away from home the night his friend Martha's aunt was murdered while Martha, her friend Walter, and Walter's father were in the Ivers house. Now he returns to find Walter (Kirk Douglas) is the drunken district attorney and married to Martha (Barbara Stanwyck), the richest woman in town - Iverstown is, after all, named after her family. Though Martha has never fallen out of love with Heflin, her husband thinks he's there to blackmail them because, though a man was hung for killing her aunt, it was Martha who did so while her aunt (Judith Anderson) was beating Martha's cat. In my opinion, she deserved to die. D.A. Douglas uses a troubled woman Heflin has met, played by sultry Lizabeth Scott, to attempt to drive Heflin out of town. But it doesn't work.

A top-notch cast carries this intriguing story along. Heflin was evidently considered a matinée idol in his day - in both this and Possessed, women swoon over him. My mother loved him, so he must have had something. He was a good actor, with a smoothness and an engaging smile. And he plays the part with a certain ambiguousness - up to a certain point, you're not sure if he knows Stanwyck's guilty secret or not. Stanwyck, beautiful and elegant as the troubled Martha, does a great job playing a twisted sister if there ever was one (though I still don't blame her for killing that miserable Judith Anderson). Douglas, in an early performance, holds his own well as the pathetic, wimpy Walter. Lizabeth Scott is lovely, sad, and vulnerable as Toni, the woman Heflin meets while in town.

Very good mid-'40s film.

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