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The Strange Love of Martha Ivers

American gothic, with Barbara Stanwyck as the heir to an industrial empire, bound to her ambitious husband (Kirk Douglas) by a deep, dark secret (1946). The screenplay by Robert Rossen (All the King's Men, The Hustler) is pervaded by his guilty-liberal fascination with power and money. Director Lewis Milestone does little more than accent the hysteria of Rossen's script, though his portrait of the company town, bound in factory grime and feudal loyalty, is nicely done. With Van Heflin, Lizabeth Scott, and Judith Anderson. 116 min.

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