Panic in the Streets (1950)

Panic in the Streets




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Movie Info

Filmed entirely on location in New Orleans, this film stars Richard Widmark as a city medical officer, racing against time to stop the spread of the plague. The carrier was an illegal alien, who has been murdered by criminals Jack Palance and Zero Mostel.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Edward Anhalt, Edna Anhalt, Richard Murphy, Daniel Fuchs
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 15, 2005
Twentieth Century Fox


as Lt. Cmd. Clinton 'Cl...

as Capt. Tom Warren

as Blackie

as Nancy Reed

as Raymond Fitch

as John Mefaris

as Vince Poldi

as Tommy Reed

as Dr. Paul Gafney

as Sgt. Phelps

as Dr. Mackey

as Cortelyou

as Wynant

as Commissioner Dan Qui...

as Angie Fitch

as Rita Mefaris

as Capt. Beauclyde

as Hotel Proprietor

as Coast Guard Lieutena...

as Lascar Boy
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Critic Reviews for Panic in the Streets

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (3)

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

Full Review… | November 1, 2007
Top Critic

A classy thriller, much less laden with significance than most Kazan movies.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

[The] best and most neglected of Elia Kazan's early features.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Still tense today, more than 60 years after it was made

Full Review… | June 9, 2013
7M Pictures

A taut thriller with a poignant message, Panic in the Streets, which won the Oscar for Motion Picture Story, is well directed by Kazan and well acted by Richard Widmark, Jack Palance, Zero Mostell (just before he was blacklisted) and others.

Full Review… | February 14, 2011

This is a tense, offbeat, and fairly absorbing drama.

Full Review… | November 1, 2007
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Audience Reviews for Panic in the Streets


Not panic enough to entertain.

familiar stranger

Super Reviewer

With such a great cast this could have been an great classic, but the movie has it's boring slow scenes, other than that I liked it. The story is exciting and the actors do their best.

Aj V

Super Reviewer


a medical thriller where widmark gets to play the hero for a change. he's a public health doctor racing the clock to prevent an outbreak of plague in new orleans. jack palance is a very effective villain in his film debut. good suspense

Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

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