In 1928, young heiress Martha Ivers fails to run off with friend Sam Masterson, and is involved in fatal events. Years later, Sam returns to find Martha the power behind Iverstown and married to "good boy" Walter O'Neil, now district attorney. At first, Sam is more interested in displaced blonde Toni Marachek than in his boyhood friends;but they draw him into a convoluted web of plotting and cross-purposes.
Running Time: 116 Minutes
MPAA Ratings: NR
This movie is one of those lost gems. Barbara Stanwyck and Kirk Douglas do a great job but they are not the reason this is a great gem. van heflin (of shane) and Lizabeth Scott are superb and in some ways overshadow Kirk Douglas in his screen debut and Stanwyck. Lizabeth smolders and pouts her way to perfection, what a babe!!. Lizabeth should have been a huge star especially in the film noir genre. Both Van Heflin and Lizabeth Scott are massively underrated and typically not remembered. that is a shame since they both were fine actors, that is the present generations loss. the plot is superb and throws some nice curves that keeps you on your toes. (imdb.com)
Knowing absolutely NOTHING about this movie (apart from it being the screen debut of Kirk Douglas) I thought it was going to be a potboiler, but I was pleasantly surprised at how good it was. It veers between Noir and melodrama, and I gotta say I was hooked from the get go. I'm not the biggest Barbara Stanwyck fan in the world, but she was well cast as the ruthless matriarch of a small town, and Douglas really pulled off an unusual role for him (basically a drunken wimp). Van Heflin ('Shane') plays the "hero" and holds his own against those two, and I also really liked Lizabeth Scott, an actress I'm not familiar with, who plays Heflin's love interest (sorta). 'The Strange Love Of Martha Ivers' will please fans of 1940s Noir. It deserves to be better known than it is.(Infofreak from Perth, Australia)
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