I Want To Live!, 1958


Robert Wise


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Visit: San Quentin Prison Museum, Dolores Way, San Quentin, California


San Quentin is also featured in 1947’s Dark Passage, with Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, and – more recently – in Clint Eastwood’s Changeling.

An Oscar for Susan Hayward as Barbara Graham, sent to the gas chamber on dubious evidence, in this downbeat, semi-documentary-style anti-capital punishment drama from Robert Wise (The Sound of Music, West Side Story)

Prison scenes were filmed at the real San Quentin State Prison, at San Rafael on I-580 just over the Toll Bridge from Richmond, California. The gas chamber was, however, reconstructed on the soundstage in Hollywood.

If you want to visit this notorious facility of San Quentin, there is a San Quentin Prison Museum.

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