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Hell's Half Acre

Released Feb 26, 1954 1h 31m Crime Drama List
Reviews 25% Audience Score 250+ Ratings
An ex-racketeer's (Wendell Corey) abandoned wife (Evelyn Keyes) finds him in Honolulu, trying to beat a bum murder rap. Read More Read Less

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Josephine O'Neill Daily Telegraph (Australia) Charles Dickens is responsible for a lot of bad drama. Mar 26, 2019 Full Review Read all reviews

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nick s The story had too many absurd situations and felt like a teenagers first script. Most of the cast were very capable, save the taxi lady whose overacting was glaring. I didn't think this one was worth the time. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 06/02/24 Full Review Audience Member 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. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/28/23 Full Review Audience Member Good cast, mediocre film. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis An ex-racketeer's (Wendell Corey) abandoned wife (Evelyn Keyes) finds him in Honolulu, trying to beat a bum murder rap.
Director
John H. Auer
Screenwriter
Steve Fisher
Genre
Crime, Drama
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Feb 26, 1954, Limited
Release Date (Streaming)
May 15, 2019
Runtime
1h 31m
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