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Panic in the Streets (1950)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 15 September 1950 (USA)
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A doctor and a policeman in New Orleans have only 48 hours to locate a killer infected with pneumonic plague.



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Won 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »


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When a body is found in the New Orleans docks, it's pretty obvious that he died from gun shot wounds. The police surgeon notices that the man is also displaying other symptoms and Lt. Commander Clint Reed, a doctor with the U.S. Public Health Service, diagnoses a highly contagious disease, pneumonic plague. He tries to convince local officials to find everyone who may have been in contact with the dead man. The Mayor supports his efforts but many, including the police, are doubtful. Reed wants to avoid publicity so as not to panic the public. They have little information to go on - they don't know the dead man's identity - and Reed estimates they have 48 hours before disease begins to spread. With police Capt. Tom Warren going through the motions, Reed sets out to find the killers. Written by garykmcd

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15 September 1950 (USA)  »

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$1,400,000 (estimated)
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1.37 : 1
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This film won the Best Writing, Original Story Oscar for its only Academy Award nomination. See more »


In an early scene when Dr. Reed (Richard Widmark) is shown painting with his son, he flicks excess paint off the brush, and then sits on the same spot where the paint would have landed, but when he gets up there's no paint on his pants. See more »


Nancy Reed: If there's a plague here, you're the most important guy in this town.
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Music by Nacio Herb Brown
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Long forgotten Kazan Gem Has Contempory Message.
14 November 2001 | by See all my reviews

I had forgotten this movie until I saw it again on the the satellite. You can feel, see and smell the New Orleans of 1950, thanks to Kazan, his cast and script. A few months ago, the fear and problem of a biological bomb would seem fictional. Today, not so. This movie is almost a precursor of today. We have dedicated men in law enforcement and the medical community trying to catch the carriers of the disease. They have to bend a few rules to catch them. The bad guys Jack Palance and Zero Mostel play off each other perfectly. The one domineering and evil, the other passive and pathetic. I like the movie because Richard Widmark and the police Captain played by Paul Douglas are portrayed as guys just getting by financially, but the most important guys in town while the bugs are loose. Great Movie.

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