The Strange Love of Martha Ivers [2 Discs] [Blu-ray/DVD] [English] [1946]
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Overview

Special Features

  • Audio commentary with William Hare
  • Movie trailer
  • Digitally restored in high definition
  • Original movie art postcard included
  • Before & after restoration demo
  • Transferred from original 35 mm elements

Synopsis

The Strange Love of Martha Ivers
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'Neil (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. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Barbara Stanwyck
    Barbara Stanwyck - Martha Ivers
  • Roman Bohnen
    Roman Bohnen - Mr. O'Neil
  • Van Heflin
    Van Heflin - Sam Masterson
  • Charles D. Brown
    Charles D. Brown - Special Investigator
  • Lizabeth Scott
    Lizabeth Scott - Toni Marachek
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