Panic in the Streets

  • PG
  • Elia Kazan (1950)
  • US
  • 92 min
Film Review
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4 out of 5

Shot on location on the New Orleans waterfront, this tense drama might have seemed an unusual choice for director Elia Kazan. Yet, given the mood of xenophobia that prevailed in the United States at the time, the storyline - the killing of an illegal immigrant results in a potential plague outbreak - is very much in keeping with Kazan's preoccupation with racism as demonstrated in Gentleman's Agreement and Pinky. Richard Widmark gives one of his more restrained performances as the health inspector teaming up with cop Paul Douglas to apprehend the plague-infected murderers, compellingly played by Jack Palance and Zero Mostel, who was himself hounded during the Communist witch-hunt the following year.

Plot Summary

Drama starring Richard Widmark and Paul Douglas. A physician is called in to identify the strange disease that has infected the body of a man found murdered on a New Orleans dock. When he diagnoses that the victim has died of pneumonic plague, he decides to investigate.

Cast and crew

Cast

Clinton Reed
Richard Widmark
Police Captain Tom Warren
Paul Douglas
Nancy Reed
Barbara Bel Geddes
Blackie
Jack Palance
Raymond Fitch
Zero Mostel
Neff
Dan Riss
John Mefaris
Alexis Minotis
Poldi
Guy Thomajan
Vince Poldi
Tommy Cook
Jordan
Edward Kennedy
Cook
H T Tsiang
Kochak
Lewis Charles
Captain Beauclyde
Emile Meyer

Crew

Director
Elia Kazan

Other Information

Language: 
English
Black and White
Theatrical distributor: 
20th Century Fox Film Co. Ltd
Available on DVD
Certificate PG
Distributor:
FremantleMedia
Categories
Drama

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