The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946)
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In The Strange Love of Martha Ivers, relationships formed in childhood lead to murder and obsessive love. The wealthy Martha Ivers (Barbara Stanwyck) is the prime mover of the small Pennsylvania town of Iverston. Martha lives in a huge mansion with her DA husband, Walter O'Neil (Kirk Douglas), an alcoholic weakling. No one knows just why Martha and Walter tolerate one another....but Sam Masterson (Van Heflin), an Iverstown boy who returns to town, may just have a clue. At least that's what
Jul 24, 1946 Wide
Apr 29, 1998
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Charles D. Brown
Bobbi St. John
Sam Masterson as a Boy
Detective No. I
Walter S. Baldwin
Dempsey the Garage Owne...
Robert E. Homans
John O. Butler
Walter O'Neil as a boy
Maftha Ivers as a girl
A gripping film noir, all the more effective for being staged by Milestone as a steamy romantic melodrama.
The Strange Love of Martha Ivers is one of those really dark films noir that tends to get away with more than it seems to be getting away with.
Vintage thriller that too often veers more toward mopey melodrama than sizzling film noir.
This non-classic has plenty of boilerplate pulp-Guignol appeal, and it's tempting to say that HD Cinema Classics gave it the disappointing Blu-ray release it deserves, but that isn't quite true.
Though well-crafted, this potboiler is a second-tier film noir, mostly known for featuring Kirk Douglas screen debut, as Stanwyck's weakling hubby; in a few years, Douglas will develop his more characteristic persona as a tough, tenacious he-man.
Buscando ecoar o infinitamente superior Pacto de Sangue (também com Stanwyck), o filme desperta interesse por sua moral ambígua, mas se enfraquece em função do final implausível. Mas Douglas impressiona já em sua estréia.
Audience Reviews for The Strange Love of Martha Ivers
- Martha Ivers: Its the only room I didn't change. [on showing her childhood room to Sam]
- Sam Masterson: We were just a couple of kids.
- Mrs. Ivers: Sorry that you ever left here. [to Sam]
- Walter O'Neil: And you. What have you done?
- Walter O'Neil: All life is a gamble.
- Sam Masterson: You'll do it for old times sake.
- Martha Ivers: A sure thing is never a gamble.
- Martha Ivers: There's only way you'll find out, release the girl.
- Sam Masterson: I haven't been on the rubberneck tour for years. [on being shown the house of Martha]
- Sam Masterson: Better get out of those wet clothes.
- Toni Marachek: I was so lonesome tonight, I was about to died.
- Sam Masterson: LIke I said, we leave tomorrow.
- Sam Masterson: You don't have to tell me who you are, I can tell by the smell.
- Sam Masterson: You scared little boy. You're just about to do your old pal a great big favor.
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