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Release Date:
January 1956 (Turkey) See more »
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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 »
Plot:
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 »
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Nominated for Oscar. See more »
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UNCHAINED (1955) A movie I haven't forgotten after all these years. See more (10 total) »

Cast

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

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Trivia:
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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Unchained (Lonely River)See more »

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5 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
UNCHAINED (1955) A movie I haven't forgotten after all these years., 12 October 2000
Author: stilwatr from Montana

At the time, the movie wasn't hyped as big box office. It was a low budget endeavor. The ability of the actor(s) to pass on the frustration of the prison was well done. The prisoner singing about the "Green green grass of home" (A song from the movie that has had repeated come-backs.) indicated his fear and frustration of never again seeing the green grass of home, being relegated to the concrete of prison.

When I hear the theme song, "Unchained", I always think about the movie. I wonder if I saw it today, would I be as impressed as I was when my wife and I first saw it when it was first released. I have been unable to find a video copy of it, so I assume it wasn't rated highly enough at the time to make it to video? It does seem strange that a movie with such popular songs and good acting, wouldn't be available, but maybe a testament of the time. If that's true, it's a real shame, as I feel it might be as appropriate today as when it was produced. But, I'd like to view it again to see how my reaction today would compare to my original. I would appreciate knowing if it is available and if so, where?

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