This is an above-average chase meller. Tightly scripted and directed, it concerns the successful attempts to capture a couple of criminals, who are germ carriers, in order to prevent a plague and panic in a large city. The plague angle is somewhat incidental to the cops-and-bandits theme.

This is an above-average chase meller. Tightly scripted and directed, it concerns the successful attempts to capture a couple of criminals, who are germ carriers, in order to prevent a plague and panic in a large city. The plague angle is somewhat incidental to the cops-and-bandits theme.

Story [by Edna and Edward Anhalt, adapted by Daniel Fuchs] opens harshly with three thieves stalking a man for his money and killing him to obtain it. The man has just arrived in New Orleans illegally and is suffering from a bubonic plague. His murderers, unknown to themselves, pick it up from him. The plot then concerns the efforts of the police, prodded by an alert Health Service officer, to locate and capture the slayers.

There is vivid action, nice human touches and some bizarre moments. Jack Palance gives a sharp performance.

1950: Best Motion Picture Story

Panic in the Streets

Production

20th Century-Fox. Director Elia Kazan; Producer Sol C. Siegel; Screenplay Richard Murphy; Camera Joe MacDonald; Editor Harmon Jones; Music Alfred Newman; Art Director Lyle Wheeler, Maurice Ransford

Crew

(B&W) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1950. Running time: 92 MIN.

With

Richard Widmark Paul Douglas Barbara Bel Geddes Jack Palance Zero Mostel
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