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I Want to Live! (1958)

A prostitute, sentenced to death for murder, pleads her innocence.

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Edward S. 'Ed' Montgomery
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Peg
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Carl G.G. Palmberg
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Henry L. Graham
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Emmett Perkins
Lou Krugman ...
John R. 'Jack' Santo
James Philbrook ...
Bruce King
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District Attorney Milton
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Attorney Richard G. Tibrow
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Al Matthews
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Father Devers
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San Quentin Warden
Alice Backes ...
Barbara, San Quentin Nurse
Gertrude Flynn ...
San Quentin Matron
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Barbara Graham is a woman with dubious moral standards, often a guest in seedy bars. She has been sentenced for some petty crimes. Two men she knows murder an older woman. When they get caught they start to think that Barbara has helped the police to arrest them. As a revenge they tell the police that Barbara is the murderer. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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3 December 1958 (Italy)  »

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Trivia

Joseph L. Mankiewicz, who owned the company producing the film, insisted that there be some anti-capital punishment rhetoric at the end of the film. Wise was sure that if the audience wasn't convinced by then, a few platitudes wouldn't make a difference. Gidding wrote it, and Wise shot it, but in the end Mankiewicz's ending wasn't used. See more »

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When Barbara wakes up screaming from a nightmare, a prison matron comes in shining a flashlight on her. In close-up, the light has a Fresnel-type lens, but in the next long shot, the flashlight has a clear lens. See more »

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Prison Matron: You've done your time and you're getting out. So watch yourself. You're on probation for five years. Don't leave the San Francisco area or otherwise violate your probation in any way. Or you'll be back here quick enough.
Barbara Graham: Oh, no ma'am, I won't.
Prison Matron: I hope you mean it... You do have a choice. People have managed to be fairly happy by *not* getting into trouble. Get a job! Maybe get married!
Barbara Graham: I have been... occasionally.
Prison Matron: Your way doesn't seem to be going too well. Why don't you try the other?
Barbara Graham: Thanks. ...
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The film opens with this statement: The pitiless story told in this film is a true story. This story had to be told to the whole world; the whole world should see it and hear it. What good are films if they do not make us face the realities of our time? Here is the reality of our time, and we have no right to be ignorant of it. The day will come when such documents will seem to us to refer to prehistoric times, and we shall consider them as unbelievable that in earlier centuries witches were burned or thieves had their right hands cut off. Such period of true civilization is still in the future, but this film has the honor of at least contributing to its coming". Albert Camus - Nobel Prize winner. See more »

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Susan Hayward was Fantastic
6 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Always enjoyed most of the films that Susan Hayward appeared in and her acting was outstanding and she was a very beautiful lady of the Silver Screen. In this True to Live Story, Susan plays, Barbara Graham,(Valley of the Dolls",'67, who loves life, having a good time and also a con-artist who does petty things. However, Barbara gets involved with some so called friends who sort of sell her down the river and her life becomes very complicated and at times very tragic. Susan Hayward holds the picture together with outstanding acting and portrays the horrible facts of life Barbara Graham had to encounter in all kinds of disappointing situations. Great film, don't miss it.


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