Hell's Half Acre
Hell's Half Acre is a 1954 film noir set in Hawaii; John H. Auer (City That Never Sl--ps) directed this tale of ex-raketeer, Chet Chester (Wendell Corey), who is blackmailed by his former crime partners. Chester's girlfriend Sally (Nancy Gates) kills one of his enemies and Chester, assuming that he has enough clout to escape with a lighter sentence, takes the blame. Meanwhile, Dona Williams (Evelyn Keyes), 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. Written by film noir veteran, Steve Fisher (I Wake Up Screaming) and shot by legendary cinematographer John L. Russell (Psycho). The stellar cast includes Elsa Lanchester, Jesse White and noir goddess Marie Windsor (F-rce Of Evil).