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The Killer That Stalked New York (1950)

Police seek a smuggler while doctors, unaware she's the same person, desperately comb unprotected New York for a smallpox carrier.

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Matt Krane
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Dr. Ben Wood
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Alice Lorie
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Francie Bennet
Barry Kelley ...
Treasury Agent Johnson
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Health Commissioner Ellis
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Dr. Cooper
Art Smith ...
Anthony Moss
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Sid Bennet
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Mayor of New York
Connie Gilchrist ...
Belle - the Landlady
Dan Riss ...
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Harry Shannon ...
Police Officer Houlihan
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Sheila Bennett returns to New York from Cuba, carrying $40,000 worth of smuggled diamonds...and smallpox, which could start a devastating epidemic in the unprotected city. Treasury agent Johnson loses her but keeps doggedly on the trail; while Public Health doctor Wood searches in vain for the unknown person spreading the deadly disease far and wide. Meanwhile, the increasingly ill Sheila is only concerned with her faithless husband Matt, who plans to abscond with the diamonds... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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1 December 1950 (USA)  »

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Frightened City  »

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(Encore-Mystery Library Print)

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Film debut of Beverly Washburn. See more »

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When Sheila is convinced to go to the clinic, the nurse offers her a glass of water. That would not be done if her temperature had to be taken. It would possibly give a false reading. Plus, any good nurse would have spotted her as "sick" the moment she laid eyes on Sheila. See more »

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Narrator: Dr. Wood was right when he said there was a drive in that girl.
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Interesting tale of smallpox carrier
15 July 2001 | by (Deltona, Florida) – See all my reviews

From 1950 comes a neat thriller about a couple smuggling diamonds from abroad and also the contagious disease smallpox. Evelyn Keyes pulls out all stops as the essential victim of this film-noir. Once back in the United States she is not aware that she could be spreading the disease on everyone and everything she comes in contact with. Eventually she is pursued and must be stopped before an epidemic occurs. Other than Keyes striking performance there is good support from villainous Charles Korvin, William Bishop, Dorothy Malone, Lola Albright and Whit Bissell. The finale is a humdinger with Miss Keyes on the ledge of a building with spotlights and hundreds of spectators below. A good B flick!


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