The Strange Love of Martha Ivers

The Strange Love of Martha Ivers

Barbara Stanwyck
Director: Lewis Milestone Cast: Barbara Stanwyck
Barbara Stanwyck
, Roman Bohnen
Roman Bohnen
, Van Heflin
Van Heflin
Lewis Milestone


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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'Neill (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 Martha thinks when Sam asks Walter to intervene in the case of Toni Marachek (Lizabeth Scott), who has been unjustly imprisoned. It seems that, as a young boy, Sam was in the vicinity when Martha's rich aunt (Judith Anderson) met with her untimely demise. What does Sam know? And what dark, horrible secret binds Martha and Walter together? Directed by Lewis Milestone, and based on John Patrick's Oscar-nominated original story, Love Lies Bleeding, The Strange Love of Martha Ivers creates in Martha a unique and interesting, driven, obsessed and spoiled character, but one not without sympathy. Barbara Stanwyck is outstanding as Martha, with her predatory smile and sharp, manicured nails. Kirk Douglas is surprisingly convincing as a lost, sad, weak man, who loves his wife, but is unable to gain her respect. The Strange Love of Martha Ivers eventually lapsed into public domain and became a ubiquitous presence on cable television.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/09/2015
UPC: 0644827101627
Original Release: 1946
Source: Reel Vault
Sales rank: 8,505

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Barbara Stanwyck Martha Ivers
Roman Bohnen Mr. O'Neil
Van Heflin Sam Masterson
Charles D. Brown Special Investigator
Lizabeth Scott Toni Marachek
Ann Doran Bobbi St. John
Kirk Douglas Walter O'Neil
Judith Anderson Mrs. Ivers
James Flavin Detective No. I
Darryl Hickman Sam Masterson as a Boy
Frank Orth Hotel Clerk
Tommy Ryan Actor
Janis Wilson Maftha Ivers, as a girl
Billy Burt Actor
Tom Schamp Actor
Mickey Kuhn Walter O'Neil, as a boy
Matt McHugh Bus Driver
Catherine Craig French Maid
Sayre Dearing Crap Shooter
Max Wagner 2nd Detective
Tom Fadden Taxi Driver
Gladden James John O. Butler
Bert Roach Man
John Kellogg Detective
Al Murphy Waiter
Kay Deslys Jail Matron
Bob Perry Bartender
Blake Edwards Sailor
Betty Hill Waitress
Kernan Cripps Policeman
Thomas Lockyear Lynch:Butler
Walter S. Baldwin Dempsey the Garage Owner
Robert E. Homans Policeman
Olin Howland Newspaper Clerk
Tom Dillon Detective

Technical Credits
Lewis Milestone Director
Sam Comer Set Decoration/Design
Hans Dreier Art Director
Farciot Edouart Special Effects
Edith Head Costumes/Costume Designer
Edward Heyman Songwriter
Harold Lewis Sound/Sound Designer
Archie Marshek Editor
John Meehan Art Director
Victor Milner Cinematographer
Walter Oberst Sound/Sound Designer
John Patrick Original Story,Screenwriter
Robert Riskin Screenwriter
Robert Rossen Screenwriter
Miklós Rózsa Score Composer,Songwriter
Hal B. Wallis Producer
Jerry Welch Set Decoration/Design
Wally Westmore Makeup

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