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Strange Love of Martha Ivers

Barbara Stanwyck , Van Heflin , Lewis Milestone    Unrated   DVD
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One of the blackest of the post-war film noir classics, "The Strange Love of Martha Ivers" is notable for both its outstanding story and technique, and its truly impressive cast. Veterans Barbara Stanwyck and Van Heflin were joined by the youthful Kirk Douglas, making his screen debut in this lush Hal Wallis production. Small town mystery, murder, and intrigue is the subject as a common American phenomenon, the small town run by a powerful matriarchal family, is examined at less than arms length. The mysterious murder of a rich aunt by a young child haunts the lives of the killer and the witnesses across the years, building to a dramatic conclusion as a surprise visitor returns to town after an absence of decades.


Barbara Stanwyck mesmerizes as a woman with a past, bound by a crime to a husband she despises. Kirk Douglas quickens our collective pulses in his film debut as her disappointing, dipsomaniac spouse, while Van Heflin and Lizabeth Scott bring texture to supporting roles. Everything about this 1946 film noir is intriguing, from Lewis Milestone's direction to Edith Head's costumes to the edgy and troubled characters. It takes a long, hard look at guilt and the consequences of poorly planned actions. Well worth checking out, despite a wretched title. --Rochelle O'Gorman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Van and Liz are a great team - ****1/2 / ***** May 12 2004
By A Customer
This review refers to the Alpha Video (Gotham) DVD.
Overall Quality of DVD: ***1/2 /**** Sound: *** /**** Plot: ***1/2 /**** Acting: ***1/2 /**** Cinematography: ***1/2 /**** Direction: ***1/2 /****
You will be surprised at the quality of this GOTHAM transfer. There are some frame skips but other than that this DVD is a steal-of-a-deal and an "A"-rated film-noir!
Kirk Douglas and Barbara Stanwyck are very intense in their roles but, in my opinion, Van Heflin and Lizabeth Scott steal the show. Lizabeth Scott plays the beaten-down, always-taken-advantage-of, world-weary, down-on-her-luck, cute, sexy girl that... well, you just want to take her in your arms and give her a hug, yet, you also know if you do, you will probably have to kiss her and then you'll probably fall in love with her (just as Van Heflin does). In my opinion, this is Lizabeth Scotts' best role that I've seen ("Dead Reckoning" she is also quite good in - "Too Late For Tears" she is not as strong). She seems to need a strong hand in direction and when she gets it she can give A-level performances.
Mickey Kuhn as the young Kirk Douglas, Darryl Hickman (Dwayne Hickman's "Dobie Gillis" younger brother) as the young Van Heflin and Janis Wilson as the young Martha Ivers give riveting performances and are so "in character" in looks and mannerisms with the adult actors it will amaze you!
Also, Judith Anderson (Mrs. Danvers (Danny) in "Rebecca") gives a wonderfully sinister performance.
This is an "A+" story, acted well, directed well, filmed well, great production design and a very smooth transfer.
This film is worthy of restoration but is worthy in its present incarnation as is.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Guilt of Martha Ivers Sept. 8 2002
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Van Heflin is a gambler who returns to his hometown and gets tangled up with some childhood friends. He left town the night Martha killed her cold-hearted aunt, a murder that was successfully covered up. Now the grown-up Martha, played by Barbara Stanwyck, and especially her weak husband, played by Kirk Douglas, fear he might reveal what happened that night. Heflin gets involved with Lizabeth Scott, a convict, who fears his past relationship with Stanwyck will take Heflin from her. In this film noir, none of the characters is particularly likeable, each trying to protect themselves. There is some biting dialogue and effective use of music, although sometimes it becomes a little overpowering. Stanwyck is terrific as usual, really delivering in the latter scenes. Douglas is too strong of a presence to play the weak, manipulated husband, and would have been better off trading with Heflin. Scott has a strange screen presence, and although it fits the character somewhat, she never seems quite comfortable. But the characters are fascinating (typical for film noir) and the story is really interesting, despite the poor choice of a title. Since so much of this film centres on guilt and how difficult it can be to escape one's past, I think a better title for the film would have been The Guilt of Martha Ivers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stanwyck noir at its very best April 17 2002
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How else but the terrific Barbara Stanwyck could have performed this largely unsympathic role and still had us, the audience , rooting for her?
"Strange Love" is a great film which doesn't seem to be as well known as the great classic "Double Indemnity" but it deserves to be.
Barbara Stanwyck tends to be known for her tough lady characters but in reality alot of her best performances were in very sympathic and feminine roles like "Stella Dallas" and "My Reputation" She was a great actress who could easily play both comedy and drama. In this film she is a ruthless lady hiding a dark secret from her childhood involving murder and deception who believes that her evil past has come back to haunt her in the form of childhood cohort Van Heflin.
What develops in this story is a tense cat and mouse game with both parties waiting to see who will make the next move. Tense stuff indeed and the film is quite rivetting right up to the end.Judith Anderson has a brief but telling role in the first flash back section of the film and ends up a murder victim. She plays Barbara's aunt as a mean, vicious monster which I feel almost lends Barbaras later character a little sympathy. That is what is so unique about "The Strange Love of Martha Ivers" no character is really as they first seem , every character has other elements to their makeup not obvious at first. It really is intriguing. Lizabeth Scott also has an important role as the girl from the wrong sid eof the tracks just trying to go straight and make good. Hers is a great performance and her one scene with Stanwyck positively crackles.
The overraul look of the film is lavish with that certain noir quality. Barbara , although not acclaimed as a great beauty is here as always a very attractive woman even when playing a nasty character.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I Loved Martha Iver's Strange Love June 27 2001
"The Strange Love of Martha Ivers" is a film noir tale that will leave you on the edge of your seat throughout viewing. It is a real potboiler of a story, that involves greed, jealousy, hatred and obsession. All four leads in this sordid tale are excellent. Barbra Stanwyck is wonderful, as the town's richest, women who is torn by keeping a terrible secret and the man she really loves, but cannot have.Kirk Douglas is in his first role as Stanwyck's jealous, but weak husband.Van Heflin is great in the center stage role of an innocent guy who gets caught between the two schemers. And last but not least, lizbeth Scott turns in a very sexy performance, as the grade B bad girl, who always winds up in trouble.For fans of the film noir movie genre, this one is right up there with "Double Indemnity". A must Have!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful wonderful. They sure knew how to make them ...
Wonderful wonderful. They sure knew how to make them back then. Mystery, story line its got it all.
Published 14 days ago by diana smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Lies and deception, fear and loathing
The story opens in 1928, as rebellious teen Martha Ivers is trying to run away from her mean and powerful aunt. Helping Martha is her pal from across the tracks, Sam. Read more
Published on June 15 2012 by Kona
5.0 out of 5 stars Deliciously Cynical Classic Film Noir.
Sam Masterson left Iverstown with a traveling circus as a boy in 1928. 18 years later, having been everywhere and done his share of everything, including being a decorated war... Read more
Published on Feb. 18 2004 by mirasreviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Lizabeth Scott on nurturing a relationship:
Call me an old romantic but there's something GREAT about B&W movies where megagorgeous girls say to ordinary guys things like "Go ahead and slap me; I had it... Read more
Published on Oct. 28 2001 by Paco Calderón
3.0 out of 5 stars The title is very strange
and doesn't match up with the movie.
Very much of its time and not many surprises.
Kirk Douglas, in his first film, is very good.
Very pat ending.. Read more
Published on Oct. 15 2001 by "barlove"
5.0 out of 5 stars The Classic Story of "Love"
This is my all-time favorite movie. Being a Barbara Stanwyck fan nearly all of my life, I of course had to see this movie. Read more
Published on Aug. 12 2001 by Little Willow
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fine Movie
This is an absorbing drama with excellent performances by the cast including Stanwyck, Douglas, and Heflin. Read more
Published on Sept. 1 2000 by Susan Fong
It's a fine little race to watch, with everyone trying to stay one step ahead of each other in this malevolently decadent thriller about love, marriage,... and murder. Read more
Published on Aug. 10 2000 by Jackie Beedle
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