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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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The true story of Barbara Graham-whose murder trial shocked the world! See more »


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3 December 1958 (Italy)  »

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The Barbara Graham Story  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

While the ending credits are filmed outside of the actual San Quentin prison, the gas chamber scene was filmed on a replica set constructed on a soundstage. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Police lieutenant: Lousy hop-headed slut! I'd like to spread you out and stamp you into the ground.
Barbara Graham: [mockingly] Ha. Everybody gets his kicks some way.
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Crazy Credits

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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This hidden masterpiece seems contemporary
30 September 2009 | by (Tokyo, Japan) – See all my reviews

This seems like a documentary film and is so powerful and persuasive that all the viewers would be forced to concentrate on it. Susan Hayward, a Hollywood actor out of Hollywood actors, is never trying to act well, but only "exists" in the film. She really deserved an Oscar of this year. All the other supporting actors are so real that they do not look like actors. Thus this film looks so contemporary that we cannot believe it was shot 50 years ago. Whether the ending is happy or not, such method of filming gives us a strong impression which lasts for a long time. I adore this film, which must be one of the best Robert Wise films, and it is a pity that relatively few people have seen it. I would be most delighted to advise all my friends and acquaintances to see it.


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