The Strange Love of Martha Ivers
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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),… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A gripping film noir, all the more effective for being staged by Milestone as a steamy romantic melodrama."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"Vintage thriller that too often veers more toward mopey melodrama than sizzling film noir."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"Buscando ecoar o infinitamente superior Pacto de Sangue (também com Stanwyck), o filme desperta interesse por sua moral ambígua, mas se enfraquece em função do final implausível. Mas Douglas impressiona já em sua estréia."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"An engrossing film noir."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Pervaded by his guilty-liberal fascination with power and money."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"One of the most effective and underrated noirs of that classic era."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"A forgotten classic with great stars, get reminded..."
‑ Michael Szymanski,
"The Strange Love of Martha Ivers is one of those really dark films noir that tends to get away with more than it seems to be getting away with."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Though well-crafted, this potboiler is a second-tier film noir, mostly known for featuring Kirk Douglas screen debut, as Stanwyck's weakling hubby; in a few years, Douglas will develop his more characteristic persona as a tough, tenacious he-man."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"slick entertainment with a taut narrative and shrewd direction"
‑ Jake Euker,
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