Cinema: The New Pictures, Sep. 8, 1958

The Fiend Who Walked the West (20th Century-Fox) is neither a science-fiction whiz-bang nor a bona fide western, but an oaty remake of Kiss of Death (1947), a spare, tautly bound story of big-city gangland retribution. In transferring it to the wide-open spaces, Producer Herbert B. Swope Jr. mused over such banal but essentially pertinent titles as Quick Draw and The Hell-Bent Kid, until one day his eyes lit on the box-office gleanings from the recent blotch of horror films (TIME, June 16). A fiend in need became The Fiend indeed. But by...

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