The Strange Love of Martha Ivers: Barbara Stanwyck, Lizabeth Scott, Kirk Douglas (1946 Movie)

DVD: The Strange Love of Martha Ivers is a black-and-white film noir released in the United States in 1946, starring Barbara Stanwyck, Van Heflin, Lizabeth Scott and Kirk Douglas in his film debut. The movie is based on the short story “Love Lies Bleeding” by playwright John Patrick, using the pseudonym Jack Patrick, and was produced by Hal B. Wallis. The screenplay was written by Robert Rossen and Robert Riskin, who was not credited, and was directed by Lewis Milestone. The film was entered into the 1947 Cannes Film Festival. On a rainy night in 1928 in a Pennsylvania factory town called Iverstown, Martha Ivers (Janis Wilson), a young girl yearning to escape from the guardianship of her wealthy, domineering aunt, is caught trying to run away with her friend, the street-smart, poor Sam Masterson (Darryl Hickman). Martha is taken home. Later that night, Sam comes for her, but hides when her aunt hears Martha’s beloved cat wandering on the staircase. When Mrs. Ivers attacks the pet with her cane; Martha intervenes and accidentally kills her aunt. This is witnessed by Walter O’Neil (Mickey Kuhn), the son of Martha’s tutor (Roman Bohnen). Martha lies about the incident to Mr. O’Neil, and Walter supports her. The greedy Mr. O’Neil suspects what happened, but presents Martha’s version of events to the police, that an intruder is responsible. He then uses his power over Martha to move into the mansion and take control of her life; years later
Video Rating: 5 / 5


  1. bookwormbandit says:

    Love Lizbeth Scott she was one hot lesbian (but she couldn’t come out during the time she worked in Hollywood). The gossip columns used to insinuate that about her. One of her greatest films is ‘No Time for Tears’.

  2. JubalCalif says:

    Heavens to Murgatroid! THANKS so much posting this classic 40′s noir! Wonderfully talented cast & a truly powerful script! You’ve MADE my day & my week! CHEERS, mate! :)

  3. TheCarole63 says:

    Excellent choice!!!

  4. NaturalElicia says:

    I feel inlove with this. I love your archive collection. Thanks for this and many more of your great uploads!

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