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Hell Bound -- His scheme: to steal war-surplus narcotic drugs from a ship in the Los Angeles harbor. However, he requires backers--which he seeks with a 16mm promotional film shown to gangsters. They agree. Bad decision.


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Release Date:
October 1957 (USA) See more »
The Hi-jack Caper that Scorched the Seven Seas!
A criminal gang plots the robbery of a ship carrying $2 million worth of surplus narcotics left over from World War II... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

John Russell ... Jordan
June Blair ... Paula

Stuart Whitman ... Eddie Mason
Margo Woode ... Jan
George E. Mather ... Stanley Thomas (as George Mather)

Stanley Adams ... Herbert Fay Jr.
Frank Fenton ... Harry Quantro
Gene O'Donnell ... Purser
Virginia De Lee ... Stripteaser
Dehl Berti ... Daddy
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ann Daro ... Nurse (uncredited)
Edward DeRoo ... Squad Officer (uncredited)
Marge Evans ... Nurse (uncredited)
William Flaherty ... Purser - 16mm film (uncredited)
Jerry Frank ... Police Officer (uncredited)
Kay Garrett ... Quantro's Man (uncredited)
Richard Martin ... Dock Worker (uncredited)
George Mayon ... Quantro's Man (uncredited)
Frank McGrath ... Detective (uncredited)
Boyd 'Red' Morgan ... Quantro's Man (uncredited)
Scott Peters ... Aide (uncredited)
Dick Standish ... Accomplice A&B - 16mm film) (uncredited)
Robert Strong ... Quantro's Man (uncredited)
Larry Thor ... Doctor (uncredited)
Sammee Tong ... Murdered Seaman (uncredited)
Charles Webster ... Ship Captain (uncredited)
George Whiteman ... Ship Captain--16mm film (uncredited)
Harry Wilson ... Seaman (uncredited)

Directed by
William J. Hole Jr. 
Writing credits
Richard H. Landau (screenplay) (as Richard Landau)

Richard H. Landau (story) (as Richard Landau) and
Arthur E. Orloff (story) (as Arthur Orloff)

Produced by
Howard W. Koch .... producer
Aubrey Schenck .... executive producer
Original Music by
Les Baxter 
Cinematography by
Carl E. Guthrie 
Film Editing by
John A. Bushelman 
Production Design by
Jack T. Collis 
Makeup Department
Terry Miles .... makeup artist
Mary Westmoreland .... hair stylist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Paul Wurtzel .... assistant director
Art Department
Arden Cripe .... prop master
Sound Department
Charles Cooper .... rerecording
Frank Webster .... sound mixer
Special Effects by
Louis DeWitt .... special effects
Jack Rabin .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Herschel Brown .... key grip
William T. Cline .... camera operator
Robert R. Farmer .... lighting technician
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Angela Alexander .... wardrobe
Wesley Jeffries .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
John F. Schreyer .... supervising editor
Other crew
Howard Hohler .... script supervisor

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69 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.78 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
USA:Approved (certificate #18609)


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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Quite good--though it has its slow moments, 18 November 2013
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

John Russell was a very large, handsome and often scary looking man. Mostly he made westerns, though here in "Hell Bound" he's in a low-budget film noir picture.

The film begins with Jordan (Russell) coming up with a perfect plan to hijack a shipment of surplus narcotics left over from World War II. The military plans on destroying them--Jordan plans on relieving them of that responsibility and selling them for a fortune. However, to make the plan work several partners need to be gathered--a nurse, a derelict man in a raft, a crew member who will go into a diabetic coma and a government agent to look the other way. It's such a perfect plan he even made a movie and showed it to a mob boss--a man who is duly impressed--so impressed that he offers his girlfriend to play the part of the nurse. With all these things in place, what's to go wrong?!

While the film has a few slow moments, the execution of the robbery is exciting and a bit shocking in its brutality. I appreciated this, as these ARE criminal scum and they sure act like it!

As far as the nurse plot goes, it reminded me of the amazingly good but mostly forgotten Rory Calhoun picture, "The Big Caper". All in all, very well worth your time.

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