The Strange Love of Martha Ivers
- 1 hr 56 min
This film noir, shot in black and white, focuses on the sad life of Martha Ivers, who as a child growing up in Pennsylvania, has the bad fortune to be under the control of a domineering aunt. When Martha's aunt attacks her cat while she is trying to escape the house to be with her true love, Martha accidentally causes her aunt's death, an act witnessed by Walter O'Neil. Walter's father is suspicious, but blackmails Martha into testifying against an innocent man who is put to death. O'Neil forces Martha to marry his son, who grows up to be a dysfunctional district attorney addicted to alcohol. Martha endures a marriage in which Walter loves her but she doesn't return his affection, focusing her attention on the company she built using her aunt's inheritance. When Martha's first love, Sam, returns to town, she hopes against hope that she will have another chance at true happiness. But Walter makes sure he sets forces into play that discredit Sam, hiring others to beat him up and run him out of town. Sam returns, conflicted about his feelings for Martha, and faces his destiny in the final scene, facing a gun held by Walter.