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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.

Director:

Hall Bartlett

Writers:

Hall Bartlett, Kenyon J. Scudder (book)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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
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Storyline

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.

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Taglines:

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 »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

January 1956 (Turkey) See more »

Also Known As:

Escape - Die Flucht See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hall Bartlett Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The song "Unchained Melody" popularized in the US by Al Hibbler and Roy Hamilton, and in Britain by Jimmy Young 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 »

Connections

Referenced in You Bet Your Life: Episode #6.31 (1956) See more »

Soundtracks

Unchained (Lonely River)
Music by Alex North
Lyrics by Hy Zaret
Performed by Todd Duncan
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A haunting memory
3 June 2002 | by dawney56See all my reviews

It's been a very long time since I've seen this film and I would love to revisit it. My uncle played "Garrity" and since he is now deceased, it would mean a lot to me to experience it again as well as possibly own a copy of it. Each time I hear "Unchained Melody" I think of uncle Johhny and his beautiful voice. For some reason I have been drawn to prison films ever since this one, and I consider this one of the best!


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