The Strange Love of Martha Ivers
Three childhood friends, Martha, Walter and Sam, share a terrible secret. Over time, the ambitious Martha and the pusillanimous Walter have married. She is a cold businesswoman; he is the district attorney: a perfect combination to dominate the corrupt city of Iverstown at will. But the unexpected return of Sam, after years of absence, deeply disturbs the life of the odd couple.
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"This brooding drama stars Barbara Stanwyck as a cold emotionless woman who must live with a life-changing lie which has affected her and her two childhood friends. Kirk Douglas stars as her husband, a powerful District Attorney, and Van Heflin stars as the man who has a torch still ❤️🔥 burning for her. Lizbeth Scott is the mysterious woman who has secrets of her own. The plot is somewhat layered, but still easy to follow. The cast is good, as is the acting."
"Such a fascinating and riveting film. Fantastic screenplay and especially performances (Judith Anderson (who left such an incredible impression in her short screen time), Kirk Douglas (in a very different role yet was great too), Barbara Stanwyck (easily the MVP), and Van Heflin). Great atmosphere and set design too. I was especially impressed by how the characters and performances leave their impression on the viewers really quickly. P. S.: This was in fact the film acting debut for Kirk Douglas (his son is Michael Douglas, best known to modern audiences for playing Dr. Hank Pym in the MCU (although he has had a fantastic set of performances himself from other films)). This movie was a hell of a way to kickstart a career for Kirk, who has had an astounding run of quality movies and performances especially from the late 1940s till the early 1960s."
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