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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.

Director:

Earl McEvoy

Writers:

Harry Essex (written for the screen by), Milton Lehman (based upon a Cosmopolitan Magazine article by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Evelyn Keyes ... Sheila Bennet
Charles Korvin ... Matt Krane
William Bishop ... Dr. Ben Wood
Dorothy Malone ... 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
Whit Bissell ... Sid Bennet
Roy Roberts ... Mayor of New York
Connie Gilchrist ... Belle - the Landlady
Dan Riss ... Skrip
Harry Shannon ... Police Officer Houlihan
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Storyline

Sheila Bennet 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 concerned only with her faithless husband Matt, who plans to abscond with the diamonds. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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One woman brings terror to 8,000,000 people !


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 December 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Frightened City See more »

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Runtime:

(Encore-Mystery Library Print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Film debut of Beverly Washburn. See more »

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The story takes place in 1947, but the Mayor of NYC has a 1950 round screen Zenith Television in his office. NYC had television in 1947, but screens were still much smaller. See more »

Quotes

Narrator: Dr. Wood was right when he said there was a drive in that girl.
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References Always Leave Them Laughing (1949) See more »

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Evelyn Keyes shines as small pox victim...
20 September 2007 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

THE KILLER THAT STALKED NEW YORK is small pox. The woman who has it is EVELYN KEYES, whose bleached blonde hair and harsh unflattering make-up makes her look a far cry from the cutie she played in THE JOLSON STORY. She gives a chilling performance as a woman stiffed by her boyfriend (CHARLES KORVIN), both of them diamond smugglers unaware that in Cuba she picked up the deadly smallpox disease.

The good supporting cast includes WILLIAM BISHOP, WHIT BISSELL, RICHARD EGAN, DOROTHY MALONE, LOLA ALBRIGHT, and JIM BACKUS. It's photographed in film noir documentary style with voice-over narration, as many films of the '40s and '50s were--similar, in fact, to PANIC IN THE STREETS, another thriller with Jack Palance as the deadly carrier.

It's fast paced, with never a wasted moment of time in telling a story that runs one hour and nineteen minutes. Miss Keyes demonstrates that she was a much more talented actress than anyone ever suspected, with hidden depths in her portrait of a vengeful woman.

Well worth watching.


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