Hell's Half Acre

1954

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IMDb Rating 6.4

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Reviewed by bmacv 7

Hell&#39;s Half Acre (habitués just call it `the Acre&#39;) is a rabbit warren of tenements and dens of iniquity in post-war Honolulu ? a South-Seas casbah. It&#39;s also the title of John H. Auer&#39;s movie which has the distinction ? between the lapse of the Charlie Chan cycle and the arrival of TV dramas like Hawaii 5-0 and Magnum P.I. ? of being the only film noir set in the (then) Hawaiian Territory. A little clumsy and four-square (with little of visual interest), it boasts an offbeat story line and a dandy cast.<br/><br/>Stateside, widowed young mother Evelyn Keyes hears a recording by a songwriter from the Islands who, she&#39;s told, has been imprisoned for killing a crime lord. Certain phrases in the song remind her of her husband, presumed lost on the Arizona during the bombing of Pearl Harbor. She breaks off her engagement and flies to Honolulu; her guide to the local culture is cabdriver Elsa Lanchester, a `character.&#39; Police Chief Keye Luke arranges for Keyes to see the mystery man (Wendell Corey), but when the prisoner learns that his current girlfriend (Nancy Gates) has been murdered, he escapes custody. Keyes penetrates deeper into the Acre to find him, while his underworld associates, their greed and curiosity piqued, try to find her....<br/><br/>All too briefly, Hell&#39;s Half Acre features Marie Windsor, as the wife of fish-and-poi slinger Jesse White (she&#39;s two-timing him with sinister Philip Ahn). The crummy rooms Windsor and White occupy in the Acre are one of three main locales, the others being Corey&#39;s Waikiki beach house and The Polynesian Paradise, the nightclub he owns (technical advisor to the film was Don The Beachcomber). There&#39;s an elevated quotient of violence, particularly violence to women, and the somewhat murky story isn&#39;t sweetened up (though touristy material sometimes intrudes). Auer never got a crack at first-rate material to direct (maybe he never showed he could do it), but Hell&#39;s Half Acre holds its own against his better-known The City That Never Sleeps. Like so many of the better noirs, its surprises emerge from out of the past.

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Reviewed by madbomber03 8

This little gem of a film noir B movie is about a woman trying to track down her long lost husband in Hawaii after the War (WWII) where he was supposed to have died. In the process she finds herself in the middle of an underworld power struggle. Beautifully filmed in Hawaii with Ms. Keyes really working those facial expressions, as she tended to do. The film is tight, cynical and at times redeeming. Just a good little film.

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Reviewed by bkoganbing 6

It&#39;s almost mandatory that when you film in Hawaii you film in color. But that would have put Herbert J. Yates and Republic Pictures on the horns of a dilemma. They were making a noir film set in Honolulu which is most often done in black and white anyway. And Yates was trying mightily to keep his studio afloat with the advent of television which overtaking Republic&#39;s bread and butter, B westerns.<br/><br/>Evelyn Keyes and Wendell Corey star in this film where Evelyn hears that the husband she thought lost on the Arizona in December of 1941 is on trial for murder in Honolulu. She goes to Hawaii to investigate. Corey the long lost husband is now a syndicate big shot and has confessed to killing a former partner. A third partner Philip Ahn is looking to take advantage of the situation and inherit all of Corey&#39;s assets.<br/><br/>No sooner does Keyes arrive in Hawaii than she&#39;s hip deep in the case when she tries to visit Corey&#39;s current girlfriend Nancy Gates. She spots Ahn near the home where he has just recently murdered Gates. That puts both Corey on a personal hunt and the Honolulu PD on a hunt for Ahn.<br/><br/>I have to say that while Ahn has played villains before, he was never quite as brutal as he is in this film. His opposite number Keye Luke plays Honolulu&#39;s chief of police and he&#39;s a wise and compassionate soul and really in the end comes through for Keyes. Corey also does the decent thing in the end.<br/><br/>A couple of other interesting roles are Jesse White as a hapless drunken gunsill and his slattern of a wife Marie Windsor who next to Gloria Grahame played the most tramps of the Fifties.<br/><br/>Some story plot holes that you could have driven the Arizona through when it was afloat unfortunately mar Hell&#39;s Half Acre. But the characterizations are just fine. I only wish that color had been used because having been to Hawaii black and white doesn&#39;t do it justice.

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