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The Strange Love of Martha Ivers

116 min
Drama | Film-Noir
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Lewis Milestone
Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 nomination
Country: USA
Release Date: 1946-07-24
Filming Locations: Paramount Studios - 5555 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA
Barbara Stanwyck
Barbara Stanwyck
The Strange Love of Martha Ivers
Van Heflin
Sam Masterson
Lizabeth Scott
Antonia 'Toni' Marachek
Kirk Douglas
Walter O'Neil
Judith Anderson
Mrs. Ivers
Roman Bohnen
Mr. O'Neil
Darryl Hickman
Young Sam
Janis Wilson
Young Martha
Ann Doran
Bobbi St. John
Frank Orth
Hotel Clerk
James Flavin
Detective #1
Mickey Kuhn
Young Walter
Charles D. Brown
Gene Ashley
Walter Baldwin
Bill Burt
Gino Corrado
Nightclub Waiter
Catherine Craig
French Maid
Kernan Cripps
Sayre Dearing
Craps Shooter
Kay Deslys
Deputy Elizabeth Baker, Jail Matron
Tom Dillon
William Duray
Blake Edwards
Tom Fadden
Cab Driver
Chuck Hamilton
Strong Arm Man
Betty Hill
Robert Homans
Olin Howland
Newspaper Clerk (uncredited)
Gladden James
Payne B. Johnson
John Kellogg
Joe (uncredited)
Harry Leonard
Craps Shooter
Thomas Louden
Matt McHugh
Bus Driver
Al Murphy
Bob Perry
Ricky Ricardi
Cyril Ring
Nightclub Extra (uncredited)
Bert Roach
Man Waiting for Friend
Tommy Ryan
Tom Schamp
Amzie Strickland
Nightclub Patron
Max Wagner
Jake (uncredited)
Did you know?
"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on June 30, 1947 with Kirk Douglas reprising his film role.
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"Screen Director's Playhouse" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on June 23, 1950 with Barbara Stanwyck reprising her film role.
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The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film.
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The same loop of film repeats, although subtly, the street scene by the Ivers factory as seen through Martha Ivers's office window.
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In the DA's office, as Scott is questioned by Douglas, the boom's shadow is seen above.
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Walter O'Neil reads and partially crumples the note handed to him in his office. When he sits down behind his desk a second later, the note is perfectly flat.
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Martha Ivers as a girl: You don't own the whole world.
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Toni Marachek: I missed a bus once and I was lucky. I wanted to see if I could be lucky twice.
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Walter O'Neil: Couldn't you see blackmail in his eyes?
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How is Martha related to her aunt?
Martha's aunt (Mrs Ivers) was the sister-in-law of Martha's mother, a born Ivers. The sister-in-law married a man named Smith, hence Martha Smith. When Martha's mother died, her aunt had Martha's last name legally changed to Ivers, as she was the sole heir to the Ivers' fortune.
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How does the movie end?
When Sam carries Walter into his room and lays him in a chair instead of killing while he's unconscious, Martha feels betrayed. I thought you loved me,' she says. 'I dreamed of you coming back.' Sam simply tells her that she's sick and that her whole life has been a dream. As Sam tends to Walter, Martha stealthily removes the gun from Walter's desk drawer. When Walter comes to, she points the gun at Sam and tries to get Walter to agree to back up her story that she shot Sam in self-defense, but Walter says nothing. Sam turns his back on Martha and walks out of the room. Martha drops the gun, and Walter pockets it. As Martha watches Sam walk away from the house, Walter embraces his wife and assures her that he won't leave her. He then points the gun at her abdomen. 'You believe me,' Martha says confidently, then puts her thumb through the trigger ring over Walter's thumb and presses it, shooting herself. A voice is heard calling, 'Ivers...Ivers,' but Martha says, 'No...Smith,' and falls to the floor. Sam hears the shot and runs back to look in the window. He sees Walter turn the gun on himself, and another shot rings out. Sam continues to walk away, returning to his hotel room where he finds Toni has returned and is waiting for him. 'I missed a bus once and I was lucky,' she explains. 'I wanted to see if I could be lucky twice.' In the final scene, Sam and Toni are leaving Iverstown. Toni turns to look back, but Sam warns her not to. 'Remember what happened to Lot's wife.' he says. 'Whose wife?' Toni asks. 'Sam's wife,' Sam replies.
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