Directed by Robert Wise, and starring my #2 gal, Susan Hayward, in an Academy Award-winning performance, I Want to Live is a gritty, hard-hitting “discussion piece” kind of movie. The film, which will more than likely leave you questioning Mrs. Graham’s guilt, was based on the newspaper articles of Pulitzer Prize-winning San Francisco Examiner reporter, Edward S. Montgomery, and the letters of Barbara Graham.
NOTE: I write a classic movie column for the online magazine Femnista. This article was originally written for and published in the Sept./Oct. 2012 issue, the theme of which was "based on a true story." Access that issue of Femnista HERE.