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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.

Director:

William A. Seiter

Writers:

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

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
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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 April 1954 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Outcast See more »

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Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.65 : 1
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The novel Make Haste to Live by the Gordons, on which this film is based, was first published as a Crime Club Selection by Doubleday in 1950. See more »

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Woman in the Fog.
29 November 2014 | by SpikeopathSee all my reviews

Make Haste to Live is directed by William A. Seiter and adapted to screenplay by Warren B. Duff from the novel written by Gordon and Mildred Gordon. It stars Dorothy McGuire, Stephen McNally, Mary Murphy and Edgar Buchanan. Music is by Elmer Bernstein and cinematography by John L. Russell.

A gangster is sentenced to prison for killing his wife, but she isn't dead, she's alive and well and raising her daughter in New Mexico. It's now 18 years later and he's out of the big house; and he wants revenge!

Elmer Bernstein's superb musical score opens up the picture and Russell uses film noir filters to photograph the gripping opening sequences. It's a handsome beginning, the promise of a film noir gem is palpable, sadly the entire middle hour is plodding in pacing and ridiculous in plotting. There's some neat touches, McNally is permanently angry and sinister, which makes for good fun, McGuire works hard to maintain interest, Buchanan's gruff sheriff steps outside of the norm and the odd scene, such as that involving a fairground, have noirish leanings. The finale as well is of high quality, but patience is tested throughout and there's the over riding feeling that the cast, Bernstein, Russell and the audience deserve a far better script. 5/10


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