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Although this was director Lewis Milestone's only venture into the realm of noir, it remains a classic of the genre. The Strange Love of Martha Ivers stars Barbara Stanwyck as the title character, a tough, spoiled, willful heiress married to the local D.A., Walter O'Neil (Kirk Douglas), a weak-willed alcoholic. When old friend Sam Masterson (Van Heflin) suddenly returns to town after many years away, he approaches Walter to ask his help with the case of Toni Marashek (Lisabeth Scott), a friend who has been falsely accused of a crime. Sam is surprised, at first, to learn of Walter's marriage, knowing both of the parties, but quickly begins to put the pieces together. It turns out that Martha's tyrannical aunt (Judith Anderson), met an untimely end on the night that Sam left town, and Martha fears that Sam will reveal what he knows about that night, thereby destroying the lives of both she and her husband. Consequently, she begins to plot against Sam, who she also loves in her own twisted fashion. Every element seems perfectly in place in this typically guilt-saturated noir, with superb direction from Milestone, a memorable score by Miklos Rosza, and an outstanding performance by Kirk Douglas in his film debut.
This is one of my favorite Barbara Stanwyck film Noir movies. It's deliciously wicked. Well acted for the era, It makes for a great Sunday afternoon movie. Read morePublished 3 months ago by A Bradford
I have seen 1000's upon 1000's of films from silents on up and I was very happy to come across this Noir/Melodrama hybrid movie in the past. Read morePublished 8 months ago by g
This film has not aged well but it is interesting to see what people found entertaining. This one must have been in public domain for a long time because it's been easily available... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Joe Collector
This is my favorite Stanwyck film noir, better than Double Indemnity. A psychological thriller that keeps you guessing, where the plot flips over every second! Read morePublished 19 months ago by You mean she's NOT Irish?
I really enjoyed watching this DVD. Barbara Stanwyck of course is an excellent actress. Her character in this movie are multiple. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Veleria