The Killer That Stalked New York (1950)
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as Sheila Bennet
as Matt Krane
as Alice Lorie
as Dr. Ben Wood
as Francie Bennet
as Commissioner Ellis
as Dr. Cooper
as Sid Bennet
as Officer Houlihan
as Welda Kowalski
as Mrs. Kowalski
as Joe Dominic
as Dr. Penner
as Ted James
as Willie Dennis
as Mrs. Dominic
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Critic Reviews for The Killer That Stalked New York
Unfortunately, the script of Harry Essex, based on a factual magazine piece, has a bad tendency to ramble and to confuse two separate hunts. And the performances of the principal characters, while adequate, have little punch.
... it plays as a kind of low-budget retake on Panic in the Streets and Earl McEvoy spends more time with the officials than with the crooks, who are far more interesting.
Audience Reviews for The Killer That Stalked New York
Overly earnest in the 50's way with Keyes as a modern Typhoid Mary and many scenes really more proclamations than narrative. Still not without its enjoyments including a supporting cast of familiar faces like Connie Gilchrist and Jim Backus.
A bombshell blonde returns to the Big Apple from Cuba, smuggling diamonds... and smallpox! It's basically Panic in the Streets, but without the star power, action, or budget. But it does a certain Poverty Row charm to it, and a little bit of style. Evelyn Keyes is pretty good in the lead, helped out by the makeup artist who makes her look more and more ragged as her disease rages on, until she looks like walking death and the film's spectacular climax. Some memorable supporting performances as well, including Jim Backus, Whit Bissell, Connie Gilchrist and Charles Korvin... his European accent amusingly slipping through at times. The movie is over-the-top melodramatic, and has a lot of terrific overblown dialogue and narration. Silly, but a load of fun.
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