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Release Date:
January 1956 (Turkey) See more »
You can lock them in "The Hole"...put them on bread and water...use the bull-whip and the black-jack...but they're still men...with a man's longings! THE STORY OF CHINO PRISON, CALIFORNIA WHICH DID SOMETHING ABOUT IT...TOLD HOW IT HAPPENED...WHERE IT HAPPENED! See more »
A convict in a medium-security prison is torn between his need to finish his sentence and get back to his wife and family, and his desire to escape the confines of prison. | Add synopsis »
Nominated for Oscar. See more »
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Elroy 'Crazylegs' Hirsch ... Steve Davitt (as Elroy Hirsch)

Barbara Hale ... Mary Davitt

Chester Morris ... Kenyon J. Scudder
Todd Duncan ... Bill Howard
Johnny Johnston ... Eddie Garrity
Peggy Knudsen ... Elaine

Jerry Paris ... Joe Ravens

John Qualen ... Leonard Haskins

Tim Considine ... Win Davitt
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sam Flint ... Parole Board (uncredited)
Art Gilmore ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Dexter Gordon ... Saxophone Player (uncredited)
Sol Gorss ... Police Captain (uncredited)

Kathryn Grant ... Sally Haskins (uncredited)
Bill Kennedy ... Sanders (uncredited)
Don Kennedy ... Mike Gladstone (uncredited)
Henry Nakamura ... Jerry Hakara (uncredited)
Robert Patten ... Johnny Swanson (uncredited)

Stafford Repp ... Mr. Miller, Prison Welding Supervisor (uncredited)
Mack Williams ... Mr. Johnson (uncredited)

Directed by
Hall Bartlett 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Hall Bartlett 
Kenyon J. Scudder  book "Prisoners Are People"

Produced by
Hall Bartlett .... producer
Original Music by
Alex North 
Cinematography by
Virgil Miller  (as Virgil E. Miller)
Film Editing by
Cotton Warburton 
Music Department
Maurice De Packh .... orchestrator
Alex North .... conductor
Georgie Auld .... musician: saxophone, dubbing for Dexter Gordon (uncredited)

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75 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Argentina:13 | Canada:G (Nova Scotia) | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Finland:K-16 | UK:U (cut)

Did You Know?

Jazz saxophone player Dexter Gordon is featured in an uncredited role as a sax player in the prison jazz band. The film was shot at the correctional facility in Chino, California, where Gordon was then serving time for possession of heroin. Leonard Maltin, in his 1995 Movie Guide, states that jazz legend Georgie Auld dubbed in Dexter Gordon's sax playing.See more »
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17 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Unchained Melody was NOT written by William Stirrat an impostor of Hy Zaret, 2 June 2007
Author: Thomas_J_McKeon from Indianapolis, United States

Unchained Melody was not written by William Stirrat who was an impostor of and NOT Hy Zaret and had nothing to do with writing Unchained Melody. This is apparently a blatant hoax and has been discredited. See

Hy Zaret was/is Hy Zaret. Stirrat was an electrical engineer who became an impostor of HY Zaret. Stirrat filed a lot of copyright claims but didn't get around to filing one for "Unchained Melody" until 1982--27 years after the 1955 film "Unchained" and "Unchained Melody" hit the Billboard and Cashbox Charts and 26 years after "Unchained" had been nominated for an Oscar for Best Music, Original Song for "Unchained Melody"!

Stirrat talked to a reporter of a local newspaper who wrote a maudlin story about him and how he had written the lyrics to "Unchained Melody" back in 1936 when he was sixteen and smitten with a girl. (The absurdity that co-writer Alex North who would have been 26 then would have collaborated with a 16 year old high school student did not seem to occur to the reporter.) Apparently the reporter and newspaper did no checking of the claim but in 2003 just printed it as fact. "News Transcript" December 3, 2003. It was repeated again in Stirrat's obituary the following year and since then has been republished all over the internet (including IMDb's mini biography of Hy Zaret!) and is one of the most prevalent internet hoaxes.

This author attempted to submit a corrected biography to IMDb but it has gotten nowhere.

If anyone other than the real Zaret/North arguably deserve credit for contributing to this song it might be Phil Spector and Bobby Hatfield, producer and lead singer respectively of the 1965 Philles Righteous Brothers release.

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