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Make Haste to Live (1954)

Approved | | Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller | 25 March 1954 (USA)
Crystal 'Chris' Benson, a single mother in a small New Mexico town, senses a shadowy menace stalking her in the night. She acquires a gun and makes arrangements anticipating her own death, ... See full summary »

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Crystal Benson
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Steve Blackford
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Randy Benson
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Sheriff Lafe
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Josh Blake
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John 'Hack' Hackenthal
Pepe Hern ...
Rudolfo Gonzáles
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'Spud' Kelly
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Mary Rose
Rosa Turich ...
Juana
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Carlos
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Ed Jenkins
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Mrs. Gonzales
Bob Carney ...
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Crystal 'Chris' Benson, a single mother in a small New Mexico town, senses a shadowy menace stalking her in the night. She acquires a gun and makes arrangements anticipating her own death, tape-recording a message for her teenage daughter which (in flashback) tells of her involvement with Steve Blackford, who has very good reason to hate her. Chris is determined and resourceful, but Steve has had 18 years to plan revenge. Doom closes in... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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SUSPENSE that turns your heart into a hammer-beat that pounds! Pounds! POUNDS! See more »


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Negro es mi pasado  »

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Make Haste to Live (1954)
3 January 2012 | by (Portland OR) – See all my reviews

When her gangster husband is paroled, a woman fears for herself and her teenage daughter. Sounds like a good "out of the past" premise, but turns out to be a tepid thriller. There are brief hints of danger but they fizzle out, with Stephen McNally being a rather non-threatening presence and Dorothy McGuire uneven in her characterization. One minute she's haunted by nightmares, the next she seems quite comfortable with the situation. This thing just has no guts to it. What kind of movie teases the audience with a bottomless pit and then denies them the payoff? I've heard of Chekhov's Gun, but Chekhov's Hole? A nice score by Elmer Bernstein is wasted on this humdrum do-nothing picture.


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