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This film's working titles were Cargo X and Dope Ship. According to a March 1957 Hollywood Reporter news item, the studio chose the title Dope Ship for the film, despite news that the Johnston Office rejected the word "dope" being used in an ad for a different film, Columbia's Pickup Alley . However, a June 1957 Hollywood Reporter news item stated that exhibitor protests forced executive producer Audrey Schenck and producer Howard W. Koch to change the film's name from Dope Ship to Cargo X, before finally releasing it as Hell Bound.
Although the film's copyright registration lists a running time of 79 minutes, contemporary trade reviews list 69 minutes. The print viewed ran 71 minutes. The audience is unaware that the initial depiction of the robbery is a film within Hell Bound until it ends after almost 8 minutes with "Jordan" mailing the package. Several sequences were filmed at San Pedro and Wilmington in Los Angeles' harbor area. Hell Bound marked the feature film directorial debut of character actor William J. Hole, Jr. Although his appearance in the film has not been confirmed, an March 18, 1957 Hollywood Reporter news item adds Joel Ashley to the cast.