The Strange Love of Martha Ivers – 1/2 (1946 film noir) – Barbara Stanwyck Kirk Douglas

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The Strange Love of Martha Ivers is a black-and-white film noir released in the United States in 1946, starring Barbara Stanwyck, Van Heflin, Lizabeth Scott and featuring Kirk Douglas in his film debut. The movie is based on the short story “Love Lies Bleeding” by playwright John Patrick – using the pseudonym Jack Patrick – and was produced by Hal B. Wallis. The film was directed by Lewis Milestone from a screenplay written by Robert Rossen and Robert Riskin, who was not credited.
This film marked Kirk Douglas’ screen début.

Storyline
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.

Directed by Lewis Milestone
Byron Haskin (uncredited)
Hal B. Wallis (uncredited)
Produced by Hal B. Wallis
Written by Robert Rossen
Robert Riskin (uncredited)
Based on Love Lies Bleeding
by John Patrick
Starring Barbara Stanwyck
Van Heflin
Lizabeth Scott
Kirk Douglas
Music by Miklós Rózsa
Cinematography Victor Milner
Edited by Archie Marshek
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release dates
July 24, 1946 (US)
Running time
116 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Cast
Barbara Stanwyck as Martha Ivers
Van Heflin as Sam Masterson
Lizabeth Scott as Antonia “Toni” Marachek
Kirk Douglas as Walter O’Neil
Roman Bohnen as Mr. O’Neil
Judith Anderson as Mrs. Ivers
Janis Wilson as the young Martha Ivers
Darryl Hickman as young Sam Masterson
Mickey Kuhn as young Walter O’Neil

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