The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946)
The title of this movie put me off of it for years. It is neither a “chick flick” nor a “girly film.” It is one of the best Barbara Stanwyck films ever and probably the best film Van Heflin ever made. It also costars Kirk Douglas in his first film, and oddly enough he plays a lovesick alcoholic wimp, but he does it very well.
This film shows how fear and guilt can twist and destroy a person. Stanwyck is strong, powerful, and successful, but is tied her weak husband due to a terrible incident in their past. She owns and controls a huge factory in Iverstown and with Douglas controls the town and the police. When Heflin returns to Iverstown, he becomes both a threat to Stanwyck and a strong attraction as she believes he may be manipulated to remove her husband.
If you haven’t seen this movie before, try it, and if you have seen it, watch it again as it seems to get better each time I see it.
Join us! This film will be shown at Indian Prairie next Friday – November 6. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. — movie starts at 7:20.