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Panic in the Streets

1950, Mystery & thriller, 1h 33m

30 Reviews 1,000+ Ratings

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After Dr. Clint Reed (Richard Widmark) is called in to supervise an autopsy of a unknown man, he discovers that the John Doe died of pneumonic plague. Revealing his discovery to the mayor and city officials, Reed is informed that he has 48 hours before the public will be told about a potential outbreak. Joined by Captain Tom Warren (Paul Douglas) and his wife, Nancy (Barbara Bel Geddes), Reed must race against time to find out where the unknown man came from.

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  • Apr 28, 2013
    The could have done such more with this story. This script has massive plot holes and Palance is overacting. Dissapointing and for a noir thriller not very exciting. Overrated.
    William H Super Reviewer
  • Feb 13, 2012
    Not panic enough to entertain.
    Super Reviewer
  • Sep 05, 2010
    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.
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  • Mar 17, 2010
    Government health official Widmark has 48 hours to motivate a sluggish New Orleans police squad whilst in pursuit of a couple thugs once a plague-stricken foreigner is discovered shot dead at the pier. Elia Kazan stages his scenes wonderfully and gives a glimpse of the hard lives spent on the docks four years before 'On The Waterfront.' Widmark is very curt and demanding with everyone he deals with, however this negative character trait is neatly explored in a conversation with his wife during a short break in the manhunt. Jack Palance looms menacingly in another meaty bad guy role.
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