Unswerving, uneasy, unbeatable crime melodrama with a shattering Susan Hayward gathering all her glory into a performance without one false note. For devotees of Miss Hayward, this is the one to study; it feels and looks like life.
The nasty plot has Hayward playing real-life Barbara Graham, whose sensational trial brought her a conviction and death sentence that made her a nationwide cause celebre. The film depicts Graham, the product of a broken home, as a classic bad girl: perjurer, prostitute, thief. She arrives in San
Francisco and is quickly sent to prison for falsely testifying to help out a friend. When released, she contacts two gamblers on the r...