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
Editing by Fred Allen
Distributed by Republic Pictures
Release dates
  • March 25, 1954 (1954-03-25) (United States)
Running time 90 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Make Haste to Live is a 1954 American suspense film released by Republic Pictures.[1]


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 his own death. She prepares a tape with a message for her teenage daughter, who (in flashback) speaks about her relationship with Steve Blackford, who, has 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.



Critical response[edit]

Film critic Dennis Schwartz gave the film a mixed review, writing, "This revenge film was fast-paced and well-acted, but its story is too far-fetched to be completely convincing."[2]


  1. ^ Make Haste to Live at the Internet Movie Database.
  2. ^ Schwartz, Dennis. film review, Ozus' World Movie Reviews, August 10, 2001. Accessed: July 6, 2013.

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