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The Strange Love of Martha Ivers is a black-and-white film noir released in the U.S. in 1946. The film was directed by Lewis Milestone with a screenplay by Robert Rossen. Future film director Blake Edwards has an uncredited bit part as a sailor who hitches a ride. Image File history File links The Strange Love of Martha Ivers This is a copyrighted poster. ... Black-and-white (or variations including Black and White) can refer to a general term used in photography, film, and other media (see black-and-white). ... Film noir is a film style and mood primarily associated with crime films, that portrays its principal characters in a nihilism and existential world. ... See also: 1945 in film 1946 1947 in film 1940s in film years in film film // Events Top grossing films North America The Bells of St. ... Lewis Milestone (born Lev Milstein) (September 30, 1895 - September 25, 1980) was an accomplished, and award-winning motion picture director. ... Robert Rossen (March 16, 1908 - February 18, 1966) was a Hollywood film writer, producer, and director. ... Blake Edwards (b. ...

The film opens with a rainy night in 1928, where Martha Ivers, a rich young girl, is caught attempting to run away with her friend, the street-smart, and poor, Sam Masterson. The pair is caught and Martha is sent home. While there, the spoiled Martha prevents her aunt from attacking her cat with a cane by turning the cane on her aunt instead. There are witnesses to the crime commited by the young woman, including Martha's future husband Walter, son of her tutor. Walter and Martha end up fingering a known criminal for the crime instead of taking the blame. Meanwhile, wrong-side-of-the-tracks Sam takes off thinking he's in trouble enough.


Eighteen years later, Distict Attorney Walter (Douglas) and Martha (Stanwyk) live a loveless marriage. Sam (Heflin), now a drifter and gambler, returns to the small town and relights Martha's love for him. While in town, Sam meets up with bad girl blonde Toni (Scott), just released from jail. Walter and Martha fear that Sam knows the truth about the murder years ago and wants to blackmail them.


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The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (2477 words)
Martha's parents are dead, so she is a teenager who is living with her aunt, who is one of those really ornery cusses that usually have to raise dead people's children in movies like this.
Martha quickly demonstrates her aptitude for being a rich wench without a soul by concocting some blarney about a big man who came in the house killed the aunt and left.
Martha is an interesting character because of all the power she wields over the rest of the characters in the movie.
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