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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.

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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
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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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The Hi-jack Caper that Scorched the Seven Seas!

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Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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The final scenes were shot at the Red Car graveyard, on Terminal Island, near the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. See more »

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Quite good--though it has its slow moments
18 November 2013 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

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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English

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