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The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946)

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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.

Director:

Lewis Milestone

Writers:

Robert Rossen (screenplay), John Patrick (from an original story by) (as Jack Patrick)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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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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Three childhood friends, Martha, Walter and Sam, share a terrible secret. Over time, the ambitious Martha and the pusillanimous Walter have married. She is a cold businesswoman; he is the district attorney: a perfect combination to dominate the corrupt city of Iverstown at will. But the unexpected return of Sam, after years of absence, deeply disturbs the life of the odd couple. Written by yusufpiskin

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Trivia

Theatrical movie debut of Kirk Douglas (Walter O'Neil). See more »

Goofs

Before taking the shower in the hotel, while slipping her coat of, Toni winks up in the air with her left eye and shows a little smirk apparently to someone from the film crew. See more »

Quotes

Toni Marachek: [offering a hotel room Gideon's Bible] I'll loan you a book for a couple of cigarettes, if you don't mind what kind of a book it is.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: IVERSTOWN 1928. See more »

Connections

Featured in Love and a .45 (1994) See more »

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Strange Love
(uncredited)
Music by Miklós Rózsa
Lyrics by Edward Heyman
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One of the best of the noirs!
28 March 2001 | by trudyr_1999See all my reviews

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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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 »

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Production Co:

Hal Wallis Productions See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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