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The working titles of this film were Rope Law, Quick Draw at Fort Smith, Quick Draw and The Hell Bent Kid. The Hell Bent Kid was also the working title of the 1958 Twentieth Century-Fox Film From Hell to Texas . Although a Hollywood Reporter production chart places Robert Adler and Hank Gobble in the cast and a Hollywood Reporter news item adds Georgia Simmons, their appearance in the released film has not been confirmed. Although the Variety review lists "Hardy's" wife as "Ellen," she is called "Elena" in the film. The screenplay for The Fiend Who Walked the West was a reworking of the Ben Hecht and Charles Lederer script for the 1947 Fox film The Kiss of Death (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1941-50). That screenplay was based on a story by Eleazar Lipsky. In 1995, Fox made another version of The Kiss of Death, directed by Barbet Schroeder and starring David Caruso, Nicolas Cage and Helen Hunt.