The Killer That Stalked New York (1950)

Passed  |   |  Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller  |  1 December 1950 (USA)
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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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Complete credited cast:
Charles Korvin ...
Matt Krane
Dr. Ben Wood
Alice Lorie
Francie Bennet
Barry Kelley ...
Treasury Agent Johnson
Carl Benton Reid ...
Health Commissioner Ellis
Ludwig Donath ...
Dr. Cooper
Art Smith ...
Anthony Moss
Sid Bennet
Mayor of New York
Connie Gilchrist ...
Belle - the Landlady
Dan Riss ...
Harry Shannon ...
Police Officer Houlihan


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 <>

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Release Date:

1 December 1950 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Frightened City  »

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(Encore-Mystery Library Print)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The suspect Sheila is described to the police as being 5 feet, 4 inches, but when the bulletin is sent out on the teletype, it is given as 5 feet, 2 inches. See more »


Narrator: Dr. Wood was right when he said there was a drive in that girl.
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The Many Ironies of Modern Urban Epidemiology
20 September 2007 | by (Virginia, U.S.) – See all my reviews

Robert Osborne, in introducing this movie to the Turner Classic Movie audience for the first time tonight, says that Columbia had to sit on the movie for about 6 months in order to let the similarly-plotted "Panic in the Streets" play out and leave the theaters. What we have then is a gritty, somewhat newsreel sounding (and looking) film whose narrator walks us through all the ironies of modern urban epidemiology. Worth noting, though, are the few scenes out in the street where the tragic couple lives. There's just enough street noise and confusion to make the scenes as claustrophobic as possible, while still being somehow life-affirming. Otherwise, it's a fine B noir plot with a lot of character and muscle, and cinematography to take off your hat to. Not to mention that hot kid sister -- hubba, hubba!

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