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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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Complete credited cast:
Matt Krane
Dr. Ben Wood
Alice Lorie
Francie Bennet
Barry Kelley ...
Treasury Agent Johnson
Carl Benton Reid ...
Health Commissioner Ellis
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 <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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doctor | smallpox | virus | smuggler | cuba | See All (51) »


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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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Film debut of Beverly Washburn. See more »


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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Decent Noir
25 February 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Killer That Stalked New York, The (1950)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

B-budget noir about a female diamond smuggler (Evelyn Keyes) who is trying to sneak some priceless diamonds into NYC from Cuba. While the police are tracking her down they learn that the woman also has smallpox, which threatens the entire city. The story here is a very interesting one but sadly the film never manages to do anything with it. The film really doesn't know if it wants to settle on the diamond story or the smallpox one and the two really don't mix well together. The biggest problem is the direction, which is also all over the place. With a story like this you'd expect some sort of tension or suspense but none never happens. Keyes is pretty good in her role but the screenplay really doesn't do her any justice as our feelings for her character are never really made clear. Charles Korvin, William Bishop and Dorothy Malone round out the cast. The ending is pretty good and picks the film up a bit but that's about all there is.

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