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The Strange Love of Martha Ivers -- Three youths - Martha, Walter and Sam - are forever bound together by a terrible secret.  Decades later, Martha (Stanwyck) and Walter (Douglas) are now married - she's a wealthy, successful industrialist; he's a popular, ambitious District Attorney. But when Sam (Heflin) unexpectedly drifts back into town and into their lives, tensions rise. Is he simply back for a visit... or is he looking for a payoff to keep their awful secret buried?

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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:
acting tour de force with great film noir plot See more (78 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 ... 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)
 
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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Runtime:
116 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (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:
Continuity: When Sam first meets Toni, she is holding a fairly new, lit cigarette, and then 2 seconds later, is not holding one, and asks for one.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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Movie Connections:
Featured in The Babadook (2014)See more »
Soundtrack:
Strange LoveSee more »

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26 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
acting tour de force with great film noir plot, 22 February 2006
Author: jeff from chicago usa

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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Van Heflin...!!! olebuttermilksky5-1
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