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The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946)

Once three childhood friends: now a ruthless, domineering woman is married to an alcoholic D.A., and a returning companion who was the only witness to her murder of her rich aunt seventeen years earlier.

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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!


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"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on June 30, 1947 with Kirk Douglas reprising his film role. See more »

Goofs

When Toni meets Sam, her cigarette suddenly reappears after she's thrown it away. See more »

Quotes

Sam Masterson: How did it feel to become a woman, officially?
Martha Ivers: I felt like I'd been there before, too.
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Atomic Brain (1993) See more »

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Strange Love
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Music by Miklós Rózsa
Lyrics by Edward Heyman
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Underrated Noir with an excellent cast.
5 December 2003 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

Knowing absolutely NOTHING about this movie (apart from it being the screen debut of Kirk Douglas) I thought it was going to be a potboiler, but I was pleasantly surprised at how good it was. It veers between Noir and melodrama, and I gotta say I was hooked from the get go. I'm not the biggest Barbara Stanwyck fan in the world, but she was well cast as the ruthless matriarch of a small town, and Douglas really pulled off an unusual role for him (basically a drunken wimp). Van Heflin ('Shane') plays the "hero" and holds his own against those two, and I also really liked Lizabeth Scott, an actress I'm not familiar with, who plays Heflin's love interest (sorta). 'The Strange Love Of Martha Ivers' will please fans of 1940s Noir. It deserves to be better known than it is.


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