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Unchained (1955)

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
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tim Considine ... Win Davitt
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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.

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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 »

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Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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Trivia

This film was the "B" movie of a double feature when it was released. See more »

Quotes

Narrator: [opening narration] This is Steve Davitt, convicted of a felony in the State of California. His destination: Chino, Pomona Valley. This is the largest honor prison in the world. Two thousand men live here. Murderers, armed robbers, forgers, safe-crackers, petty thieves. But there are no guns to hold them, no walls, no armed guards, just a man and an idea. A man named, Scudder; the idea: prisoners are people. This is their story. Photographed entirely at Chino, as it happened.
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Crazy Credits

Suggested by the Life and Work of KENYON J. SCUDDER and by His Book "PRISONERS ARE PEOPLE" See more »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

Oh Love That Will Not Let Me Go
(uncredited)
Music by Albert L. Peace
Lyrics by George Matheson
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B movie, very worthwhile.
19 July 2020 | by jeffhallerSee all my reviews

No real stars and no budget makes a B movie. In this case an excellent B movie. The script is solid and confronts a real issue (though I don't believe the "over the fence" element). Maybe not stars but good actors like John Quaylen, Barbara Hale, Chester Morris, Jerry Paris, Johnny Johnston and the lead, Elroy Hirsh. Most people are interested in the movie because of the famous song. It is performed by Todd Duncan who also gives the movie's strongest performance. But I am certain most people except for true opera and theatre lovers know that Todd Duncan was the 1935 original lead in the stage production of "Porgy and Bess."


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

January 1956 (Turkey) See more »

Also Known As:

Escape - Die Flucht See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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