One night in the New Orleans slums, vicious hoodium Blackie and his friends kill an illegal immigrant who won too much in a card game. Next morning, Dr. Clint Reed of the Public Health Service confirms the dead man had pneumonic plague. To prevent a catastrophic epidemic, Clint must find and inoculate the killers and their associates, with the reluctant aid of police captain Tom Warren, despite official skepticism, and in total secrecy, lest panic empty the city. Can a doctor turn detective.
Running Time: 96 Minutes
MPAA Ratings: PG
In swampy New Orleans, a harried government health officer (Richard Widmark) tracks down two thieves (the inimitable Jack Palance and Zero Mostel) who are carrying a form of bubonic plague. A series of encounters lead our hero closer to the duo while facing increasing resistance from every side -- as no one wants the titular panic in the streets. Noir has been grittier (Mostel lends an inevitable humor to everything he touches), but this comparably early Elia Kazan movie indicates just how prodigious his talents behind the camera could be. (filmcritic.com)
This movie had an Oscar Award winning script, need I say more? Elia Kazan obviously knew what he was doing because he had won another Oscar a couple of year back before this came out. Although the movie is fairly unknown it is a great thriller that just makes you get into it. The dialog is great and almost makes the movie seem like reality. Highly recommend this film if you have not yet seen it. Johnny 5 "Movie Guru"
WIDMARK as the Navy (I think) doctor, PALANCE as the gangster carrying bubonic plague, the NEW ORLEANS locations, the screenplay and story, the direction are great. I really have nothing to add to the previous review.
I am just pressing for the release of BOOMERANG,another great KAZAN-FOX
movie. (Oliver Comte)
Barbara Del Geddes
Best Writing, Motion Picture Story
Venice Film Festival
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