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Make Haste to Live (1954)

Approved | | Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller | 19 April 1954 (UK)
After serving 18 years in prison for a murder he didn't commit, a mobster is paroled and returns to a New Mexico town to exact his revenge on the woman responsible for his conviction.


William A. Seiter


Warren Duff (screenplay), Mildred Gordon (based on novel by) (as The Gordons) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Dorothy McGuire ... Crystal Benson
Stephen McNally ... Steve Blackford
Mary Murphy ... Randy Benson
Edgar Buchanan ... Sheriff Lafe
John Howard ... Josh Blake
Ron Hagerthy ... John 'Hack' Hackenthal
Pepe Hern Pepe Hern ... Rudolfo Gonzáles
Eddy Waller ... 'Spud' Kelly
Carolyn Jones ... Mary Rose
Rosa Turich ... Juana
Julian Rivero ... Carlos
Celia Lovsky ... Mother
William Bailey ... Ed Jenkins
Argentina Brunetti ... Mrs. Gonzales
Bob Carney Bob Carney ... Round-Faced Man


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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Director William A. Seiter final feature film. See more »


Referenced in Cuatro en la frontera (1958) See more »

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This film just doesn't make sense....so why did they leave the script like this??
1 April 2018 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

The plot for "Make Haste to Live" had promise...but ultimately the film made little sense and this annoyed me. It really could have been a good film.

Crystal Benson was married to a violent mobster, Steve (Stephen McNally). He slapped the snot out of her and she was naturally afraid of him. Ultimately, she escaped and the law thought that he'd killed her and disposed of the body. So, even without a corpse, he was convicted and spent 18 years in prison. Now, he's out...and looking to exact his revenge on her...now that he's found her.

While this sounds like a great plot, somehow the writing was not up to snuff. When Steve shows up in the small New Mexico town where she lives, she doesn't tell anyone who his is nor that he's threatening to kill her. Instead, inexplicably, he passes him off as her brother...and allows him to hang around her and her daughter....a young lady who doesn't know that her 'uncle' is actually her horrible father. Why doesn't Crystal tell EVERYONE he's out to kill her, he's a mobster AND why she ran?! This just doesn't make sense and the film became tedious...tedious because the solution to the problem seems simple yet the heroine seems inexplicably dim.

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Release Date:

19 April 1954 (UK) See more »

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The Outcast See more »

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Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.65 : 1
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