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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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Taglines:

"If trouble starts, it'll make Chino another San Quentin and any man can start it!" See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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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 »

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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UNCHAINED (1955) A movie I haven't forgotten after all these years.
12 October 2000 | by stilwatrSee all my reviews

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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Country:

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Language:

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Release Date:

January 1956 (Turkey) See more »

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Escape - Die Flucht See more »

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