July 1946: The Strange Love of Martha Ivers

I love the title!

And… wow! This is absolutely brilliant! I’ve never seen anything like it. It’s condensed, over-the-top melodrama; every scene, every camera angle pitch perfect.

Lizabeth Scott is wonderful here. I’m not familiar with her work, but she’s like every 40s dame distilled. And Kirk Douglas is perfect as the milk-toast weaselly D. A. (which probably didn’t take much acting).

OK, my enthusiasm here is perhaps a bit er enthusiastic (I’ve got a way with words): Some of the scenes don’t really work. But the ones that do are fabulous.

“Let it burn, Sam.”

The Strange Love of Martha Ivers. Lewis Milestone. 1946.

Popular movies in July 1946 according to IMDB:

Poster Votes Rating Movie
5941 7.5 The Strange Love of Martha Ivers
967 7.1 I See a Dark Stranger
1346 7.0 Canyon Passage
576 6.9 A Scandal in Paris
229 6.9 Bowery Bombshell
767 6.8 Till the End of Time
209 6.7 Centennial Summer
368 6.6 My Pal Trigger
282 6.5 Two Guys from Milwaukee
426 6.4 Of Human Bondage

This blog post is part of the Decade series.

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