I Want To Live! (1958)


“Just this once, I wish it wasn’t ladies first. ” – Barbara

Number of Times Seen – 1 (9 Aug 2018)

Brief Synopsis – Story of a woman sent to death row for a murder she claims she didn’t commit and how the system worked against her the whole way through.

My Take on it – This film is one that Ive been interesting in seeing for quite a while ever since I heard that Susan Hayward was able to beat Rosalind Russell for the Oscar for Best Actress.

After seeing this, I now can understand how Hayward could win the Oscar that year even if I still believe in my heart that Russell was better in Auntie Mame (1958).

The story actually works quite well and the fact of when this film takes place and when it was made are also factors as to why it is quite powerful.

This film is able to give quite a unique perspective of the events that they present and we get to see how the series of events snowballed to the point where she felt trapped within her own situation that she herself created.

The story give is a clear picture of her side of the story even if we have reason to doubt whether everything that we are told is completely true because they do leave a few things open for interpretation.

Bottom Line – Interesting idea that works quite well especially given the time frame when this takes place. Hayward is amazing in this role and was quite deserving of an Oscar for Best Actress that year even if there was very strong competition with Russell for her performance in Auntie Mame (1958).  The film gives a unique perspective on the events presented and we get a clear picture of her side of the story even if there is still some doubt as to the veracity of it all. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Barbara’s actual response to the guard advising her to “take a deep breath, it’s easier” was supposedly “how _the hell_ would you know”. Apparently it had to be cleaned up for the 1958 audience, which is ironic given the rather graphic nature of the scene. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)

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