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Release Date:
January 1956 (Turkey) See more »
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Tagline:
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 »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)
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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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)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The song "Unchained Melody" popularized by Al Hibbler and Roy Hamilton in 1955, the year of the film ,and later by Vito and The Salutations as well as The Righteous Brothers in the mid 1960s, first surfaced on the soundtrack of this movie as composed by Alex North.See more »
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Soundtrack:
Oh Love That Will Not Let Me GoSee more »

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10 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Why isn't this available on DVD?, 15 August 2007
Author: lauramae from Moss Landing, CA

With all the junk that has "bonus" material available when it goes straight to video, it's a shame that this lost gem isn't released yet. I saw it on TV when I was in my teens. I loved the song. It's the version that comes to mind first for me, before the Platters or the Righteous Brothers version. The plot details are a little hazy, which is why I was hoping that it had made the cut.

Would whoever holds the rights to this movie please release it on DVD? I'd really enjoy seeing it again. It doesn't have the star power of The Defiant Ones, perhaps, but it was well-written and acted. The fact that it was filmed 'on location' at Chino when this wasn't common.

Thanks to everyone else here that's posted about the movie.

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