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Hell's Half Acre

1954, Crime/Drama, 1h 31m

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An ex-racketeer's (Wendell Corey) abandoned wife (Evelyn Keyes) finds him in Honolulu, trying to beat a bum murder rap.

Cast & Crew

Wendell Corey
Chet Chester
Evelyn Keyes
Donna Williams
Elsa Lanchester
Lida O'Reilly
Jesse White
Jesse White
Tubby Otis
Keye Luke
Police Chief Dan
Philip Ahn
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Robert Costa
"Slim" Novak
Steve Fisher
Screenwriter
John H. Auer
Associate Producer
R. Dale Butts
Original Music
John L. Russell
Cinematographer
Fred Allen
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  • Mar 26, 2011
    Where did this come from? Elsa Lanchester, Keye Luke, Philip Ahn, Marie Windsor, Jesse White -- a great cast. And actually filmed in 1950s Honolulu. I love seeing those images from so long ago now. The title's a little misleading, however. Yes, there was such a place in downtown Honolulu -- roughly what is now Chinatown. But very little of the substance of this story actually takes place there or portrays anything nearly as gritty as the real life people and activities that gave the area its infamous name. Kind of a sanitized half acre of hell. But I give them credit for actually going in to Chinatown and shooting the scenes they did. You'll recognize some of that whole Hotel Street milieu if you've ever seen the original <i>Hawaii Five-O</i> shows set in that area of town. Waikiki was already very different, though, by the time Jack Lord started cleaning up the streets. It's good to see it so 1950s underbuilt. What a difference a decade made.
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  • Nov 11, 2010
    Good cast, mediocre film.
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