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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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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Sheila Bennet
Charles Korvin ...
Matt Krane
William Bishop ...
Dr. Ben Wood
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Alice Lorie
Lola Albright ...
Francie Bennet
Barry Kelley ...
Treasury Agent Johnson
Carl Benton Reid ...
Health Commissioner Ellis
Ludwig Donath ...
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 ...
Skrip
Harry Shannon ...
Police Officer Houlihan
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Storyline

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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1 December 1950 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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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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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Mayor: You gentlemen don't seem to realize, we're facing death.
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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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