GenreDrama, Film-Noir, Thriller ScreenplayWarren B. Duff CountryUnited States
Release dateMarch 25, 1954 (1954-03-25) (United States) Based onthe novel
by Mildred Gordon
Gordon Gordon WriterMildred Gordon (novel), Gordon Gordon (novel), Warren Duff (screenplay) CastDorothy McGuire (Crystal Benson), Stephen McNally (Steve Blackford), Mary Murphy (Randy Benson), Edgar Buchanan (Sheriff Lafe), John Howard (Josh Blake), Ron Hagerthy (John 'Hack' Hackenthal) Similar moviesSelf/less, Thor, Gas Food Lodging, Contact, The Hills Have Eyes, Ghostbusters II
TaglineWHO IS THIS MAN...Is he out of her past...or is he a killer in the night!
Orchestral suite make haste to live ost 1954
Make Haste to Live is a 1954 film noir thriller film directed by William A. Seiter 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.
Dorothy McGuire as Crystal Benson
Stephen McNally as Steve
Mary Murphy as Randy Benson
Edgar Buchanan as Sheriff
John Howard as Josh
Ron Hagerthy as Hack
Pepe Hern as Rodolfo Gonzales
Eddy Waller as Spud Kelly
Carolyn Jones as Mary Rose
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."