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Hell Bound (1957)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | October 1957 (USA)
After WW2, a Los Angeles crime ring uses a complex scheme, involving freight ships and corrupt health officers, to smuggle drugs into the USA.


Richard H. Landau (screenplay) (as Richard Landau), Richard H. Landau (story) (as Richard Landau) | 1 more credit »

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Cast overview:
John Russell ... Jordan
June Blair ... Paula
Stuart Whitman ... Eddie Mason
Margo Woode Margo Woode ... Jan
George E. Mather George E. Mather ... Stanley Thomas (as George Mather)
Stanley Adams ... Herbert Fay Jr.
Frank Fenton ... Harry Quantro
Gene O'Donnell Gene O'Donnell ... Purser
Virginia De Lee Virginia De Lee ... Stripteaser
Dehl Berti Dehl Berti ... Daddy


A criminal gang plots the robbery of a ship carrying $2 million worth of surplus narcotics left over from World War II. The plan goes awry when the gang leader's girlfriend falls for an ambulance attendant who is an unsuspecting pawn in the scheme. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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striptease | blind | drugs | robbery | kiss | See All (14) »


The Hi-jack Caper that Scorched the Seven Seas!


Crime | Drama | Film-Noir


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Release Date:

October 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cargo X See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Feature film directorial debut of actor William J. Hole, Jr. See more »

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Should have stuck with the actors
12 February 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

As a previous reviewer remarked elements of The Asphalt Jungle and The Killing are present in Hell Bound. I would my favorite noir film Kansas City Confidential to that list. It's the story of a perfect caper at least on paper and on film it is. John Russell in selling the idea to smuggle a fortune in narcotics actually films a dry run of it with actors and sells it to his money guy Dehl Berti.

Unfortunately he should have stuck with the actors for the real deal. Russell is a brutal man and he browbeats a pair to assist in the heist. Their roles don't quite go according to script.

Also unplanned is the money man's moll who plays the part of a nurse falls for the ambulance driver who was to be their patsy. June Blair later to join the Nelson household marrying David is the moll and Stuart Whitman is the ambulance driver. That's Russell's doing as well.

However Russell himself is a fascinating portrait in evil. Even with big plot holes he makes you want to watch this film. The end he comes to is also quite original.

Watch this one for John Russell.

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