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The Woman Who Wanted to Live


A young blonde witnesses the escape of a convicted felon from a maximum-security prison and the brutal slaying of a guard. When the killer attempts to silence her, she manages to convince him to take her along as a companion instead.



Air Dates

  • First Run - June 14, 1982
  • Repeat - September 13, 1982





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6 Responses to Episode 1338

Loved that ending. It was so good i listened to it twice. Ya see they go.........

R McLeod

This is one of the stronger episodes from 1982. Just about the time you thought that a romance had been sparked, SURPRISE! 5 stars.


The Woman Who Wanted to Live is a FANTASTIC episode. Longtime great Larry Haines plays a very convincing hardened criminal who is severely wounded while breaking out of prison. Roberta Maxwell plays his hostage who begins to suffer from Stockholm Syndrome as she and her kidnapper travel the countryside hounded by the police. Even the short scene with Mystery Theater regular Russell Horton is meaningful and well developed. There are many turns in this story and just when you think you know how it's going to end, CBS Mystery Theater gives us one of the best twists ever. Afterward, I wondered how I would have managed in our heroine's situation. Like R McLeod above, I quickly listened to this great drama again. 4 out of 5 stars - JUROR #4


Roberta Maxwell carried this show so well. She is a strong, determined character. She sure knows what she is doing, and she does it well. I taped this the night it aired back in 1981. I played it to death, and it finally broke. This was a good one.


This episode is superb. This episode started to make me believe romance was in the air but had a sudden twist ending and caught me by surprise! 5 stars for this episode!

Don Heiland, Jr.

The Woman Who Wanted To Live is scary for women driving alone.


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