The Killer That Stalked New York (1950)





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Singer Sheila Bennet (Evelyn Keyes) arrives in New York City by train after a trip to Cuba, carrying a small cache of smuggled diamonds -- what she doesn't know is that she's also carrying a deadly smallpox infection. Her philandering husband (Charles Korvin) isn't too worried about her violent headaches and fever, especially as he is carrying on behind her back with Sheila's younger sister (Dorothy Malone). Sheila's condition worsens, however, and she ends up at a local clinic, where she infects a young girl (Beverly Washburn) who crosses her path. The police and public health authorities get called in after the girl falls ill, and begin desperately trying to find the source of the girl's infection -- meanwhile, Sheila is hiding out from the federal men following her over the diamonds, and also realizes that her husband is trying to cheat her. She tries to confront her sister, and then seeks shelter from her low-life brother Sid (Whit Bissell), who runs a flop-house on skid row. Sheila finally realizes what is happening to her, shooting her way past the doctor (William Bishop) trying to help her -- she may not live long, but she wants to last long enough to catch up with her husband. Meanwhile, the police and the doctor try to reach her in time to find out where she's been and who she's seen and spoken to, before that information dies with her.
Classics , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Columbia Pictures


Jim Backus
as Willie Dennis
Dorothy Malone
as Alice Lorie
Art Smith
as Moss
Evelyn Keyes
as Sheila Bennet
Roy Roberts
as Mayor
Carl Benton Reid
as Commissioner Ellis
Charles Korvin
as Matt Krane
Whit Bissell
as Sid Bennet
Angela Clarke
as Mrs. Dominic
William Bishop
as Dr. Ben Wood
Lola Albright
as Francie Bennet
Barry Kelley
as Johnson
Harry Shannon
as Officer Houlihan
Beverly Washburn
as Welda Kowalski
Arthur Space
as Dr. Penner
Celia Lovsky
as Mrs. Kowalski
Ludwig Donath
as Dr. Cooper
Dan Riss
as Skrip
Peter Virgo
as Joe Dominic
Tommy Ivo
as Jerry
Don Kohler
as Ted James
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Critic Reviews for The Killer That Stalked New York

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (1)

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.

Full Review… | September 28, 2007
New York Times
Top Critic

A second-tier film noir of the 1950s

Full Review… | April 5, 2011

... 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.

Full Review… | February 7, 2010

There's not much in the way of thrills or surprises in this minor film noir.

Full Review… | September 24, 2007
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Audience Reviews for The Killer That Stalked New York


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.

Martin Teller
Martin Teller

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.

jay nixon
jay nixon

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