Barbara Graham is a woman with dubious moral standards, often a guest in seedy bars. She has been sentenced for some petty crimes. Two men she knows murder an older woman. When they get caught they start to think that Barbara has helped the police to arrest them.
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"If you compare Dance With A Stranger with I Want To Live, you realize how poor a movie the British one is." - Quentin Crisp
"I like the film history of Los Angeles, and I'm constantly searching for the smogginess and dim-light of those old films... Susan Hayward in Smash-Up, or Susan Hayward in I Want To Live..." - Morrissey
An odd mix of blowsy melodrama and detailed execution procedure. Rather camp in retrospect - Hayward's perm and make-up remains intact regardless of mounting prison life - but it's essential libertarian message remains true.