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Edward S. 'Ed' Montgomery
Virginia Vincent ...
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Carl G.G. Palmberg
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Henry L. Graham
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Emmett Perkins
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Bruce King
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Attorney Richard G. Tibrow
Joe De Santis ...
Al Matthews
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Father Devers
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Alice Backes ...
Barbara, San Quentin Nurse
Gertrude Flynn ...
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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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Inveterate researcher that he is, Robert Wise was determined to capture every grisly element of an execution for the climax of his movie. He visited San Quentin prison and asked for permission to see the gas chamber and witness an actual execution. After he'd seen it and had his art director photograph it and take measurements for set replication purposes, he was still uncertain about how he would structure the last act. He went back to the prison and made one final request for a detailed account of the entire execution procedure. This is what is painstakingly documented in the movie's climax. 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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Police Inspector: [as they're on their way to arrest Barbara Graham] A tramp, but smart. Good-looking girl, too - the kind that fools ya'.
Edward S. 'Ed' Montgomery: Not me. I've seen angel pusses who'd shoot their own grandmothers in the back, and take bets on which way they'd fall.
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Art Farmer (trumpet)
Gerry Mulligan (baritone sax)
Frank Rosolino (trombone)
Bud Shank (alto sax and flute)
Pete Jolly (piano)
Red Mitchell (bass)
Shelly Manne (drums)
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One of the American tragedies because it's a true story!
25 January 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Filmed in stark black and white as I think all films of this nature should be, one sees the stark realism unfold of a woman's already messed up and sad life become a pitiful situation of which there isn't a return. One of America's real true tragedies where a woman is used as a pawn by the judicial system so that the State of California can really punish those that should have been and were punished. If it weren't for Barbara Graham's final outcome, the bad guys would still be alive today. If you are like me and love criminology and hate injustice, you must see this picture. Susan Hayward gave the performance of a lifetime and deservedly won the Oscar for best actress. The piece has this blues/jazzy type of music in the background which I think makes the film more realistic because it was the type of music that Barbara Graham loved. Do yourself a favor and see this one.


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