The Strange Love of Martha Ivers

The Strange Love of Martha Ivers

Lewis Milestone (1946)

PG Certificate


Our Score
A critical and commercial hit for Barbara Stanwyck, Van Heflin and, making his debut, Kirk Douglas, this high-voltage portrait of evil and greed remains blissfully absorbing and entertaining. Stanwyck plays manipulative millionairess Martha, married to Douglas, a weak-willed DA with a drink problem, whom she despises. Enter Van Heflin, Stanwyck's nemesis from the past, and the fun begins. Robert Rossen (who would write and direct the Oscar-winning The Hustler in 1961) has a hand in the screenplay, and Lewis Milestone directs for maximum effect. The New York Times accurately defined Martha and her hubby as "two of the meanest and most seriously interesting characters that addicts of homicidal melodrama are likely to meet on the screen".


A deeply unhappy woman strives to escape her loveless marriage. Melodrama, starring Barbara Stanwyck and Kirk Douglas.

Cast & Crew

Actor Barbara Stanwyck
Actor Kirk Douglas
Director Lewis Milestone

Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: Paramount Film Service LtdAvailable on: video and DVD