Hell's Half Acre

Overview

Hell's Half Acre was written directly for the screen by Steve Fisher, whose I Wake Up Screaming remains one of the definitive "film noirs." The scene is a rundown section of Honolulu, where there dwells a group of wannabes, hasbeens and never-weres. While trying to go straight in this environment, ex-racketeer Chet Chester (Wendell Corey) is shaken down by his former criminal cohorts. Chester's girl friend Rose (Nancy Gates) kills one of his tormentors, whereupon Chester takes the blame, assuming that he's still ...
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Overview

Hell's Half Acre was written directly for the screen by Steve Fisher, whose I Wake Up Screaming remains one of the definitive "film noirs." The scene is a rundown section of Honolulu, where there dwells a group of wannabes, hasbeens and never-weres. While trying to go straight in this environment, ex-racketeer Chet Chester (Wendell Corey) is shaken down by his former criminal cohorts. Chester's girl friend Rose (Nancy Gates) kills one of his tormentors, whereupon Chester takes the blame, assuming that he's still got enough pull to get off with a light sentence. Meanwhile, Dona Williams (Evelyn Keyes) arrives on the scene, certain that Chester is her long-lost husband. When Rose is murdered, Chester escapes from jail, intending to prove Dona's innocence--and to square accounts with the 10-year-old son he never knew he had. Elsa Lanchester provides much-needed laughs as a dotty cabdriver. Dismissed upon its first release, Hell's Half Acre is now considered one of the most durable of Republic's mid-1950s features.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/26/2013
  • UPC: 887090056908
  • Original Release: 1954
  • Rating:

  • Source: Olive Films
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Remastered / B&W
  • Time: 1:31:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 30,890

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Wendell Corey Chet Chester
Evelyn Keyes Donna Williams
Nancy Gates Sally Lee
Elsa Lanchester Lida O'Reilly
Marie Windsor Rose
Leonard Strong Ippy
Jesse White Tubby Otis
Keye Luke Chief Dan
Philip Ahn Roger Kong
Robert Shield Frank
Technical Credits
John H. Auer Director, Producer
Fred Allen Editor
R. Dale Butts Score Composer
Steve Fisher Songwriter, Screenwriter
"Lani" Pitman Songwriter
Jack Pitman Songwriter
John L. Russell Cinematographer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Hell's Half Acre
1. Chapter 1 [:00]
2. Chapter 2 [11:51]
3. Chapter 3 [12:44]
4. Chapter 4 [7:16]
5. Chapter 5 [11:17]
6. Chapter 6 [15:34]
7. Chapter 7 [14:59]
8. Chapter 8 [6:28]
9. Chapter 9 [10:48]
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