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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

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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)

Did You Know?

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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Soundtrack:
Unchained (Lonely River)See more »

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11 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
A memorable film, 19 July 2002
Author: Renee Cox

The plot details are a little hazy to me, because I saw this movie in my early teens. But I do recall that I was tremendously moved by it and have always looked for it on small screen. So far, I have not seen it, but that doesn't mean it was not available.

At the time I saw the film, I was so impressed with the thought of a relatively low security, more humane prison. I was very young and it was the first time I saw anything that made me think of convicts as human beings.

Even though I do like the music, ironically at the time I thought it had unsatisfying lyrics (Unchained Melody, that is).

I don't think a film impressed me so much again until I saw Tony Curtis and Sidney Poitier in The Defiant Ones. These films illustrate much more powerfully than any documentary what the human spirit can conquer.

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