The Strange Love Of Martha Ivers


(out of 5)

This terrific film noir is one of the darkest films to come out of the forties. It starts off with young Martha Ivers, a twelve year-old heiress who lives with her cruel aunt () and dreams of one day being rid of her. When this finally happens it is under very suspicious circumstances whose truth is known only to her and two close friends. Years later, Martha is grown up (as ), runs the family empire and has married one of her two secret-keepers ( in his film debut). The other confidante () has just returned to town and needs a favour from his old pals. They, suspecting that he’ll blackmail them with the knowledge of Martha’s dark past, do their best to get rid of him fast.   gives her usual Lauren Bacall-ripoff performance as the new girl in Heflin’s life, and her plot only further thickens the already exciting story. The photography is fantastically moody, the story deliciously creepy, and Stanwyck is, as always, the epitome of evil-sexy.

USA, 1946

Directed by

Screenplay by , based on the story Love Lies Bleeding by 

Cinematography by 

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by ,

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Film Festivals:  Cannes 1947

Cast Tags:  , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Academy Award Nomination
Best Writing (Original Motion Picture Story) (Jack Patrick)



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