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The Strange Love of Martha Ivers

  • Drama
  • Romance
  • 1946
  • Lewis Milestone
  • 115 mins
  • PG

Summary

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

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Review

A star rating of 5 out of 5.

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".

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Credits

Cast

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Martha IversBarbara Stanwyck
Sam MastersonVan Heflin
Walter O'NeilKirk Douglas
Toni MarachekLizabeth Scott
Mrs IversJudith Anderson
Mr O'NeilRoman Bohnen
Sam Masterson as a boyDarryl Hickman
Martha Ivers as a girlJanis Wilson
SecretaryAnn Doran
Hotel clerkFrank Orth

Crew

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DirectorLewis Milestone

Details

Theatrical distributor
Paramount Film Service Ltd
Released on
1946-08-19
Languages
English
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Black and white
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