Panic in the Streets (1950)


“If there’s a plague here, you’re the most important guy in this town.” – Nancy Reed

Number of Times Seen – 1 (26 Nov 2013)

Brief Synopsis – A military doctor has little time to find 3 mobsters who have been infected by a deadly virus that they could potentially spread across the nation if not inoculated in time.

My Take on it –  Richard Widmark leads a strong cast in Elia Kazan’s movie about a deadly epidemic that could wipe out the population if not dealt with in time.

Not only does this movie deal with the hunt for those infected, but it gives us the views of the politicians and reporters of the time.

The politicians don’t want to believe that there is an epidemic and want to keep it quiet (but also want to keep their own families at a distance), and the reporters want to let the story be known so that everyone can be aware of the dangers on the horizon.

In 63+ years, unfortunately, not much has changed here.

This is Jack Palance’s screen debut and Zero Mostel (a comedian) has an interesting part as a mobster.

I had never even heard of this before and very glad that I got to see it.

Bottom Line –  Expertly done for a movie made in 1950, especially given the subject matter. Great cast. Highly recommended!

Rating – Oscar Worthy

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