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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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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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Manages a Grabber or Two, 12 September 2015
Author: dougdoepke from Claremont, USA

Some great staging in that final sequence. Now I know what happens to old tram cars, including about every piece of scrap metal in LA. Apparently, port LA is not a good place to rest up, however, so I'll not be looking to vacation there. Anyway, looks like this fairly nifty little heist film was inspired by Kubrick's brilliant robbery feature The Killing (1956). Both focus on elaborate heists and the frailties of the gang involved. Here it's mastermind Russell, along with a corrupt health inspector, a heroin junkie, and an unwitting ambulance driver, plus a load of shipboard narcotics waiting to be stolen. But please, oh please, tell me that phony nurse June Blair will take on a phony patient, namely me. She's really luscious, and now I see why super-wholesome Ozzie & Harriet's number one son David married her, Playboy centerfold or not. I guess when she drops a shoe, it means action time for the lucky guy.

Anyhow, it's more a movie of parts than a suspenseful whole. The narrative does tend to meander some despite the riveting premise. Surprisingly, the focus is more on Russell and what he'll do next, than on the caper itself. But colorful characters and good acting bridge over the narrative. And for sure, gimlet-eyed Russell does get to stare down everybody in sight, and makes one hunky gang leader. And that's just a year or two before he went straight and became sheriff of Laramie (Lawman). Though obscure by any light, the film's still a decent little crime feature that shows off once more the minor glories of the American B-movie.

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