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.
The film was entered into the 1947 Cannes Film Festival. In 1974, it fell into the public domain in the United States due to the copyright owner’s failure to renew the copyright registration in the 28th year after publication. During filming Van Heflin was helpful to Douglas; this being his first time on a film set.
The Strange Love of Martha Ivers
Directed by Lewis Milestone
Produced by Hal B. Wallis
Written by Robert Rossen, Robert Riskin
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
Running time 116 minutes
Country United States