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''I Want to Live!'' is a 1958 FilmNoir based on the ([[VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory sort of]]) true story of HookerWithAHeartOfGold Barbara Graham and her failed endeavor to give up a life of crime, ultimately ending up on trial for murder.

According to TheOtherWiki, the movie was adapted from articles and letters written by Pulitzer Prize winning reporter Ed Montgomery, who is also a character in the movie. Consequently, the film mercilessly satirizes the media and its tendency to treat truth as a secondary priority to entertainment, and the disastrous consequences it can have in regards to the legal system.

Other than that, best known for the fact that it earned actress Susan Hayward an [[AcademyAward Oscar]] for Best Actress in the starring role.



!!Tropes
* CatapultNightmare
* DeadManWriting: [[spoiler: Or woman, rather.]]
* DeadpanSnarker: Barbara.
* DeathRow
* DownerEnding: [[spoiler: She dies.]]
* DrugsAreBad: Her husband is a junkie and a total jerk.
* DutchAngle: In the bar scene in the beginning, to convey an unbalanced and disorienting feeling.
* ExcitedShowTitle
* FieryRedhead: It's in black and white, but a close up of a news article describes her as having red hair.
* FilmNoir
* FreudianExcuse: She came from a broken family.
* GasChamber
* GirlsBehindBars: Noticeably averted.
* HardOnSoftScience: When Barbara is told that a man who came to see her is a psychologist, she says, "That's ''his'' problem."
* HopeSpot: [[spoiler: She doesn't get an appeal.]]
* InkblotTest: She gets tested by the psychologist like this.
* LastMinuteReprieve: [[spoiler: ''Triple'' Subverted. It was just to give her lawyer a chance to finish his argument, and it only delayed the inevitable.]]
* MiscarriageOfJustice
* NoHonorAmongThieves
* NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer: At the beginning ''and'' the end, signed by a Pulitzer winning reporter who covered the real life story.
* {{Paparazzi}}: The tabloids are all over the trial, and are clearly more interested in entertainment than the truth. We even get a warning not to believe everything we read, and Babs gets to give them a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech after she's sentenced.
* {{Poker}}: TheCon she and her cohorts used to run involved her picking up a guy, getting him drunk, and then tricking him into losing all his money in a poker game. Then, they all split the winnings.
* PrecisionFStrike: When someone asks her what it feels like [[spoiler: to hold her child and know she's going to be executed soon,]] she says, "How the hell do you think it feels?"
* ProductPlacement: Possibly unintentional instance, given that at [[TheFifties the time,]] this was not an established practice; there is a close up on the General Electric logo on a clock.
* ReallyGetsAround: Subverted in regard to Barbara: A guy says he thought that there was "no such thing as not your type," and she says, "Till I met ''you.''" Zing!
* SilenceIsGolden: At the end, Ed turns off his hearing aid and all the noise around him disappears.
* SingingInTheShower: Barbara does this, even though she's not alone. It's prison, after all.
* SmokingIsCool: [[ValuesDissonance Well, it was]] TheFifties.
* StrawmanNewsMedia: Type 4 -- all entertainment, no truth.
* TheStoolPigeon: Her cohorts frame her because they suspect she'd try to frame ''them.'' Lots of truly guilty people get off for helping to build the case against her. See MiscarriageOfJustice above.
* TitleDrop: In a letter voiceover.
* TwentyMinutesIntoThePast: [[TimeMarchesOn Not so much anymore,]] but it takes place in 1951 even though it was made in 1958.
* UndercoverCopReveal: A minor one where the bartender lets her know a man trying to pick her up is really a cop, as well as [[spoiler: the reveal at the trial that the man who promised to perjure himself to get her off was a cop, too.]]
* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory
* VoiceoverLetter: Several of the letters Barbara writes are read in her voice.