Live Fast, Die Young (film)

Live Fast, Die Young is a 1958 American film noir crime film directed by Paul Henreid starring Mary Murphy, Norma Eberhardt, Mike Connors and Sheridan Comerate. Considered a cult film, promotional campaigns used the tagline "a sin-steeped story of the rise of the Beat Generation."[1]

Live Fast, Die Young
Theatrical poster
Directed byPaul Henried
Produced byEdward B. Barison
Richard Kaye
Harry Rybnick
Screenplay byAllen Rivkin
Ib Melchior
Story byIb Melchior
Edwin B. Watson
StarringMary Murphy
Norma Eberhardt
Mike Connors
Sheridan Comerate
CinematographyPhilip H. Lathrop
Edited byEdward Curtiss
B.R.K Inc
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • April 1958 (1958-04)
Running time
82 minutes
CountryUnited States

It was also known as Seed of Violence. Troy Donahue was borrowed from Universal Pictures to play his role.[2]


Two sisters, Kim Winters (Murphy) and Jill Winters (Eberhardt) run away from their home and school.[1] They escape to the city, where they become criminals and jewelry thieves.[1]



A cult classic, Norma Eberhardt noted that, “The film tapped into what kids were feeling – that society sucked and they were rebelling against it."[1] Screenshots of Eberhardt were printed onto T-shirts worn by Slash, the guitarist of Guns N' Roses, in 2007.[1] Eberhardt was described as "highly amused" by Slash's wardrobe.[1]


  1. "Norma Eberhardt obituary". The Daily Telegraph. 2011-09-28. Retrieved 2011-09-29.
  2. Basehart Gets Clown Story: Fisher, Wayne Team Seen; Betty Lanza in Film Debut Schallert, Edwin. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 18 Dec 1957: B13.

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