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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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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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Don't turn your back on the Kooky Killer with the baby face! 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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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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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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Edited into The Kid Stays in the Picture (2002) See more »

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It's stayed in my memory for 47 years!
20 May 2005 | by nra-2See all my reviews

I can never forget this film. Unlike some critics, me and my mates found Robert Evans' performance mesmerising. In '58, it was our first experience of a horror-western and for us it worked very well. I'm not saying it's a truly great film, just that it was so radically different at the time that it remains one of my most memorable films of the 50s.

In the East-End of London, in the mid to late 50s, we teens were hooked on Americana. We knew and liked Hugh O'Brian as Wyatt Earp in the TV series. Robert Evans was new to us and a revelation. We liked his look and his style; his performance fitted well with Rock 'n Roll, James Dean and the whole 'cool' American thing.

Fortunately, although in the UK, I have a recorder which plays NTSC tapes. I will be buying this film soon.


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