The Strange Love of Martha Ivers

Film, Drama

Time Out says

Superb performance by Stanwyck (as coldly calculating as she was in Double Indemnity) as the apex of a traumatic triangle comprising the two men who (maybe) saw her club her wealthy aunt to death when they were children. Now a tycoon in her own right, bonded to one of the witnesses (Douglas) in a guilt-ridden marriage, she finds the other (Heflin) resurfacing in her life as both promise of escape and threat to security - and the stagnant waters begin to stir again with murderous crosscurrents of fear and desire. A gripping film noir, all the more effective for being staged by Milestone as a steamy romantic melodrama.


Release details

117 mins

Cast and crew

Lewis Milestone
Robert Rossen
Lisabeth Scott
Judith Anderson
Frank Orth
Barbara Stanwyck
Van Heflin
Kirk Douglas
Roman Bohnen