Make Haste to Live

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Make Haste to Live
Make haste to live poster small.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by William A. Seiter
Produced by William A. Seiter
Screenplay by Warren B. Duff
Based on the novel
by Mildred Gordon
Gordon Gordon
Starring Dorothy McGuire
Stephen McNally
Music by Elmer Bernstein
Cinematography John L. Russell
Edited by Fred Allen
Republic Pictures
Distributed by Republic Pictures
Release date
  • March 25, 1954 (1954-03-25) (United States)
Running time
90 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Make Haste to Live is a 1954 film noir thriller film directed by William A. Seiter and starring Dorothy McGuire and Stephen McNally.


Crystal Benson is a single mother living in a small town in New Mexico. One night she feels a man is stalking her. She grabs a gun and makes a series of arrangements anticipating her own death. She prepares a tape with a message for her teenage daughter, who (in flashback) speaks about her relationship with Steve Blackford, who had a good reason to hate her.

Crystal is determined and has many resources to kill him if he tries to hurt her, but Steve has had 18 years to prepare a plan of revenge.



Bosley Crowther of The New York Times wrote, "Warren Duff's screen play is hackneyed and William A. Seiter's direction is dull. No one's performance is exciting. Only Edgar Buchanan as a sheriff seems slightly real."[1]


  1. ^ Crowther, Bosley (March 26, 1954). "Make Haste to Live (1954)". The New York Times. Retrieved January 31, 2015. 

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