Panic in the Streets

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Released 1950

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Director:
Elia Kazan
Released:
1950
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Panic in the Streets, 1950, was based on the story by Edna and Edward Anhalt, with the screenplay written by Richard Murphy and Daniel Fuchs. This crime thriller was directed by Elia Kazan, produced by Sol C. Siegal, distributed by 20th Century Fox and filmed entirely in New Orleans. The movie begins with the brutal murder of an illegal alien suffering from flu-like symptoms by local thug Blackie (Jack Palance) and his accomplices Fitch (Zero Mostel) and Poldi (Tommy Cook). The coroner calls in his superior, Dr. Clinton Reed (Richard Widmark), to notify him of suspicious post-mortem test results. The victim is determined to have pneumonic plague, and Reed faces the daunting task of discovering the man's identity, who and how many were exposed to his illness, including those responsible for his death, while racing the clock to contain transmissions before a pandemic outbreak. Skeptical city officials, including police captain Warren (Paul Douglass) pose additional challenges for Reed as he struggles to convince them of the perilous situation and the need for secrecy to avoid public panic.moreless
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    Psychological, Classics, Film Noir