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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 »

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Gordon Douglas

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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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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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...A NEW KIND OF THRILL SENSATION AGAINST A NEW KIND OF BACKGROUND! (original print ad - all caps) See more »


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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 »

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Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Fox reused the music score from The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) by Bernard Herrmann in this picture, much to his regret. He was outraged, and told the studio executives what he thought of it when he received notice from the Musicians' Union in 1958. See more »

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A very unusual and interesting western
17 February 2001 | by pmsusanaSee all my reviews

Much of this film will seem familiar to anyone who's seen 1947's "Kiss of Death", which plotwise it closely resembles, and some of the theme music heard over the opening credits was borrowed from 1951's "The Day The Earth Stood Still". That having been said, however, this film has much to recommend it on its own. Most critics disapproved of Robert Evans in the title role, but I found him very impressive: funny and likeable one minute, menacing and really frightening the next; the stuff of any true psycho. The film isn't without flaws; the direction is frankly uninspired, and several opportunities missed. But Evans (in one of his last roles before giving up acting to become a producer) remains fascinating to watch; he's very unlike any other western villain you've ever seen. Emile Meyer (as a brutal prison guard) and Stephen McNally (as a good guy for a change) offer strong supporting performances; Hugh O'Brien is his reliable self as the hero.


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