I Want To Live (1958)

Barbara Graham's Last Scream From Gas Chamber...

Original Title : I Want to Live!
Director : Robert Wise (I)
Writer : Nelson Gidding
Barbara Graham (I)
Don Mankiewicz
Ed Montgomery
Genre : Crime
Country : USA
Language : English
Producer : Walter Wanger
Music : Johnny Mandel
Photography : Lionel Lindon
IMDB ID : 0051758
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I Want To Live (1958) - Robert Wise (I)


ÂSusan Hayward Barbara Graham
ÂSimon Oakland Ed Montgomery
ÂVirginia Vincent Peg
ÂTheodore Bikel Carl Palmberg
ÂWesley Lau Henry Graham
ÂPhilip Coolidge Emmett Perkins
ÂLou Krugman Jack Santo
ÂLou Krugman Jack Santo


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 murders an older woman. When they get caught they start to think that Barbara has helped the police arresting them. As a revenge they tell the police that Barbara is the murderer.


One of the American tragedies because it's a truestory! 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 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 favour and see this one.
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I Want To Live (1958) - Robert Wise (I)