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I Want to Live! (1958) was a Biographical - Crime Film directed by Robert Wise and produced by Walter Wanger.

Academy Awards 1958 --- Ceremony Number 31 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best ActressSusan HaywardWon
Best CinematographyLionel LindonNominated
Best DirectorRobert WiseNominated
Best Film EditingWilliam HornbeckNominated
Best WritingNelson Gidding, Don MankiewiczNominated
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I Want to Live! (1958) (2)

By Beatrice on Jul 2, 2013 From Flickers in Time

I Want to Live!? Directed by Robert Wise 1945/USA Figaro First viewing Barbara Graham: Compared to what? This noir biofilm won Susan Hayward an Academy Award. Hayward portrays Barbara Graham as a jazz-loving wise-cracking good-time girl. ?The film covers Graham’s life as she starts out a g... Read full article


I Want to Live! (1958) (1)

By Kristen on Jul 29, 2012 From Journeys in Classic Film

I Want to Live! is another film I had earmarked for my TCM Top Twelve in May, nice to know I’m slowly working my way through something two months old. ?Either way, I Want to Live is cited as the quintessential Susan Hayward film and I had high expectations for it, especially considering itR... Read full article


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Quotes from

Carl G.G. Palmberg: Life's a funny thing.
Barbara Graham: Compared to what?


Police Inspector: We have a tough, ugly job to do and you're making it tougher and uglier for all of us.
Barbara Graham: My heart bleeds for you. How can I help you Inspector, buy a few tickets to the policemen's ball?


Barbara Graham: [before go to the gas chamber] Just this once, I wish it wasn't ladies first.


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Facts about

The close-up of fake label on sulfuric acid bottle identifies Gidding Chemical as manufacturer. Nelson Gidding was the screenwriter.
A woman named Betsy Ann Smith from Wakefield, Virginia, won a bit part in this film as a prize on The Price Is Right.
Based on the life of Barbara Graham, whose murder trial and controversial execution in 1955 made her a cause celebre.
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