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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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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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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 »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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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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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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Unchained Melody was NOT written by William Stirrat an impostor of Hy Zaret
2 June 2007 | by Thomas_J_McKeonSee all my reviews

Unchained Melody was not written by William Stirrat who was an impostor of and NOT Hy Zaret and had nothing to do with writing Unchained Melody. This is apparently a blatant hoax and has been discredited. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Stirrat

Hy Zaret was/is Hy Zaret. Stirrat was an electrical engineer who became an impostor of HY Zaret. Stirrat filed a lot of copyright claims but didn't get around to filing one for "Unchained Melody" until 1982--27 years after the 1955 film "Unchained" and "Unchained Melody" hit the Billboard and Cashbox Charts and 26 years after "Unchained" had been nominated for an Oscar for Best Music, Original Song for "Unchained Melody"!

Stirrat talked to a reporter of a local newspaper who wrote a maudlin story about him and how he had written the lyrics to "Unchained Melody" back in 1936 when he was sixteen and smitten with a girl. (The absurdity that co-writer Alex North who would have been 26 then would have collaborated with a 16 year old high school student did not seem to occur to the reporter.) Apparently the reporter and newspaper did no checking of the claim but in 2003 just printed it as fact. "News Transcript" December 3, 2003. It was repeated again in Stirrat's obituary the following year and since then has been republished all over the internet (including IMDb's mini biography of Hy Zaret!) and is one of the most prevalent internet hoaxes.

This author attempted to submit a corrected biography to IMDb but it has gotten nowhere.

If anyone other than the real Zaret/North arguably deserve credit for contributing to this song it might be Phil Spector and Bobby Hatfield, producer and lead singer respectively of the 1965 Philles Righteous Brothers release.


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