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The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946)

A man is reunited with his childhood friend and her husband, who believe he knows the truth about the death of her rich aunt years earlier.

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Lewis Milestone

Writers:

Robert Rossen (screenplay), John Patrick (from an original story by) (as Jack Patrick)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Barbara Stanwyck ... Martha Ivers
Van Heflin ... Sam Masterson
Lizabeth Scott ... Toni Marachek
Kirk Douglas ... Walter O'Neil
Judith Anderson ... Mrs. Ivers
Roman Bohnen ... Mr. O'Neil
Darryl Hickman ... Sam - As a Child
Janis Wilson ... Martha - As a Child
Ann Doran ... Bobbi St. John
Frank Orth ... Hotel Clerk
James Flavin ... Detective #1
Mickey Kuhn ... Walter - As a Child
Charles D. Brown Charles D. Brown ... McCarthy
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Storyline

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! See more »


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Unrated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 September 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Love Lies Bleeding See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hal Wallis Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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 »

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During the scene when Martha and Sam are standing by the campfire, the amount of smoke varies drastically from angle to angle. See more »

Quotes

Sam Masterson: You fell down the stairs.
Walter O'Neil: I remember. You... carried me in here?
Sam Masterson: Yeah.
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Opening credits prologue: IVERSTOWN 1928. See more »

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Strange Love
(uncredited)
Music by Miklós Rózsa
Lyrics by Edward Heyman
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Star Power to Spare
27 March 2002 | by harry-76See 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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