Hell's Half Acre

Hell's Half Acre

DVD - 2013
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John H. Auer directed this tale of Ex-racketeer, Chet Chester who is blackmailed by his former criminal partners. Chester's girlfriend Sally kills one of his enemies, but Chester takes the blame, assuming that he has enough clout to escape with a lighter sentence. Meanwhile, Dona Williams arrives on the scene, certain that Chester is her long-lost husband. When Sally is murdered, Chester escapes from Jail intending to find her killer and clear his name.
Publisher: [United States] : Olive Films, [2013]
Edition: Fullscreen.
Branch Call Number: DVD-AD DRAMA HELL
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (91 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in.

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voisjoe1 Jul 30, 2014

This recent release of the 1954 crime drama is notable for the opportunity it gave Asia actors the chance to play serious, realistic characters in a film about crime and murder in Hawaii. The ending, IMHO, is totally unbelievable, but this is the kind of ending demanded by Hollywood, the Hays Code, and most likely the majority of the viewing audience. I wonder how the Southern states received this film with integrated races. The film seemed to me like a grade C Casablanca. The one somewhat comical Asian seemed like a poor man's Peter Lorre from The Maltese Falcon.

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