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Call me a lily-livered liberal, but I think we oughta take all those pro-death-penalty people out and shoot ’em. Unfortunately, many Americans aren’t so kindhearted as I, and our society’s quaint custom of frying, gassing, and lethally injecting wrongdoers continues apace. Anyone interested in the death-penalty debate should check out the 1958 film I Want to Live!. Based on a true story, this Robert Wise flick stars Susan Hayward as Barbara (“Bloody Babs” to the press) Graham, a good-time girl sentenced to die for a murder she swears she didn’t commit. And for those folks who avoid “issue” movies like the plague, I Want to Live! offers plenty of other enticements, including a cool jazz score featuring the likes of Gerry Mulligan and lots of terse film-noir dialogue. To wit: Perkins: “Occupation?” Graham: “The best I can.” Find out if it really is at 7 p.m. at the Library of Congress’ Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. (202) 707-5677. (Michael Little)