Unchained

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  • Genre(s): Drama Crime
  • Release year: 1955
  • Running time: 75 min
Unchained is a 1955 prison film based on the non-fiction book Prisoners are People by Kenyon J. Scudder. The film is most remembered for its theme song, "Unchained Melody". The film was based on the career of Kenyon J. Scudder, former supervisor at... read more

Unchained is a 1955 prison film based on the non-fiction book Prisoners are People by Kenyon J. Scudder. The film is most remembered for its theme song, "Unchained Melody". The film was based on the career of Kenyon J. Scudder, former supervisor at Chino prison in California, as detailed in Scudder's book. Former football player Elroy "Crazylegs" Hirsch played the lead character, while other inmates were played by Chester Morris and Jerry Paris (later of The Dick Van Dyke Show), among others. Others in the cast included Peggy Knudsen and Barbara Hale, who appeared as women visiting the prisoners. Jazz musician Dexter Gordon has a small, uncredited role in the film, that of a saxophone 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.

Original Release

01/19/1955

US Release

01/19/1955

Cast

Elroy 'Crazylegs' Hirsch Steve Davitt
Barbara Hale Mary Davitt
Chester Morris Kenyon Scudder / Kenyon J. Scudder
Jerry Paris Joe Ravens
John Qualen Leonard Haskins
Tim Considine Win Davitt
Johnny Johnston Eddie Garrity
Peggy Knudsen Elaine
Todd Duncan Bill Howard
Sam Flint Parole Board
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Hall Bartlett

Writers

Hall Bartlett, Kenyon J. Scudder

Cast

Elroy 'Crazylegs' Hirsch Steve Davitt
Barbara Hale Mary Davitt
Chester Morris Kenyon Scudder / Kenyon J. Scudder
Jerry Paris Joe Ravens
John Qualen Leonard Haskins
Tim Considine Win Davitt
Johnny Johnston Eddie Garrity
Peggy Knudsen Elaine
Todd Duncan Bill Howard
Sam Flint Parole Board
Art Gilmore Narrator
Dexter Gordon Saxophone Player
Sol Gorss Police Captain
Kathryn Grant Sally Haskins
Bill Kennedy Sanders
Don Kennedy Mike Gladstone
Victor Mowrer Mess hall instigator
Henry Nakamura Jerry Hakara
Robert Patten Johnny Swanson
Stafford Repp Mr. Miller, Prison Welding Supervisor

Producers

Editors

Cotton Warburton

1956OscarBest Music, Original Song Nominated
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