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I Want to Live! (1958)

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DVD Release Date
ē R1: May 7, 2002

Running Time
2 hours, 0 minutes

Country USA

Studio Figaro Films, United Artists

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• I Want to Live!
• The Barbara Graham Story (1958)

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Genre: Crime, Drama, True Story, Tear Jerker, Prison, Biography, Prostitution, Mistaken Identity, Courtroom, Femme Fatale, Police, Drugs, Cult Classic

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

Plot: The electrifying Oscar-winning performance by Susan Hayward forms the foundation for the film noir classic I WANT TO LIVE! Hayward plays Barbara Graham, the real-life occasional prostitute and full-time con artist and perjurer who was charged with a murder she claimed she didnít commit and became the first woman to be executed in the state of California. Based on news articles by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ed Montgomery and letters from the actual Barbara Graham, the film chronicles the year or so before the murder of a wealthy widow and shows Grahamís involvement with con artists Emmett Perkins (Philip Coolidge) and Jack Santo (Lou Krugman), who are also charged with the crime. After trying to break free of the underworld by marrying drug addict Henry Graham (Wesley Lau) and having a child with him, the spunky, good-natured but desperate Barbara leaves Henry and goes back to setting up gambling rings and ripping people off. Itís not long before she and her partners, Emmett and Jack, are arrested for murder, though the film cleverly never shows the actual crime. What follows is a harrowing tale with Graham angrily, then desperately, proclaiming her innocence as she is put through the justice system. With an amazing jazz score by Johnny Mandel and director Robert Wiseís

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 Directed by
Robert Wise
The Sound of Music, West Side Story, The Day the Earth Stood Still
 Written by
Nelson Gidding
The Haunting, The Andromeda Strain, Beyond the Poseidon Adventure
Susan Hayward
Valley of the Dolls, Beau Geste, I Married a Witch
Simon Oakland
Psycho, West Side Story, Bullitt
Virginia Vincent
The Hills Have Eyes, Love with the Proper Stranger, The Hills Have Eyes Part II
Theodore Bikel
The African Queen, My Fair Lady, The Enemy Below
Wesley Lau
The Alamo, Homebodies
Philip Coolidge
North by Northwest, Inherit the Wind, The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming
Lou Krugman
Irma la Douce, Where the Sidewalk Ends
 Music By
Johnny Mandel
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