Cinema: The New Pictures, Feb. 14, 1955

Unchained (Hall Bartlett Productions, Inc.; Warner). Other recent prison pictures, notably Walter Wanger's Riot in Cell Block 11, have strikingly anatomized some of the degenerative diseases that afflict the U.S. penal system. Unchained is the first to suggest a practical cure —one that has been tried for more than 13 years, and found hearteningly successful.

Unchained is the story of California's Chino, one of the world's most progressive prisons, and a hypothetical inmate (Elroy Hirsch). Hirsch, a rancher, is sent to jail for beating a hired man he suspected of stealing. In jail he fights with guards, is thrown into solitary confinement....

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