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The Fiend Who Walked the West (1958)

Approved | | Action, Horror, Thriller | 1 August 1958 (USA)
In this western remake of Kiss of Death (1947), a convicted bank robber serving his sentence, and wishing nothing more than to finish his time and get back to his family, gets involved with... See full summary »

Director:

Gordon Douglas

Writers:

Harry Brown (screenplay), Philip Yordan (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Hugh O'Brian ... Daniel Slade Hardy
Robert Evans ... Felix Griffin
Dolores Michaels ... May
Linda Cristal ... Ellen Hardy
Stephen McNally ... Marshal Frank Emmett
June Blair ... Saloon Girl
Edward Andrews ... Judge Parker
Ron Ely ... Deputy Jim Dyer
Ken Scott ... Paul Finney
Emile Meyer ... Ames
Gregory Morton Gregory Morton ... Defense Attorney Gage
Shari Lee Bernath Shari Lee Bernath ... Janie Hardy
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Storyline

In this western remake of Kiss of Death (1947), a convicted bank robber serving his sentence, and wishing nothing more than to finish his time and get back to his family, gets involved with a psychotic, homicidal inmate who turns on him and winds up terrorizing his wife and murdering his friends. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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ANYONE HE CAN'T SCARE IS A LIAR! (original print ad - all caps) See more »


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 August 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Le tueur qui murmure See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In his autobiography, "The Kid Stays in the Picture," Robert Evans says that this movie had the following working titles: "The Hell-Bent Kid", "Rope Law", "Enough Rope", "Quick Draw", "Quick Draw at Red Rock", and "The Hell-Bent Kid II". This mistakenly created the impression that Evans was appearing in more films than he actually was. The final title came from a marketing exec trying to cater to both western and horror film audiences. See more »

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good western, misleading title
16 December 2012 | by tmwestSee all my reviews

I avoided seeing this film during years because of the title which made me think it was a horror one like "Jesse James meets Frankenstein's daughter". Finally I saw it and liked it. Gordon Douglas is no John Ford but was quite efficient in directing westerns like "Only the Valiant " and "The Great Missouri Raid". Robert Evans' performance was very controversial with the critics, but I think he came out very well. He already proved he was a good actor in "The Sun Also Rises" and here as Felix Griffin he overacts, but then this character must be overacted, that is the only way to play him. Hugh O'Brian is the bad good guy Dan Hardy who has the misfortune of falling into the list of victims of Griffin, who is as cruel and crazy as one can be. There is a lot of suspense, action and once you start watching this western, it will keep you on the edge until the end. It is unfortunate that they chose such a misleading title that must have done a lot of harm at the box office and also not letting the film be as known as it deserved.


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