After an illegal alien is found dead, the coroner discovers a strange condition on the corpse, leading them to call in Dr. Clinton Reed, a physician from the U.S. Health Service. Reed discovers that the corpse has a form of the plague. With the help of police, Reed must track down the men responsible for the murder of this illegal, as they too may be infected which could lead to the spread of the plague. Panic In The Streets is an above average thriller which has strong performances from Jack Palance, Richard Widmark, and Zero Mostel. The film does a good job at balancing the human interest type aspects of the film with the overall fear of a spreading epidemic. Dr Clinton Reed, in particular, is a multi-dimensional characterr who is dealing with issues in his home life as well as his professional life. As a man he feels worn-down and almost beaten at times in the film trying to balance his work and family. He doesn't make much money and doesnt feel like he is good enough for his family. There is a great scene in particular between Clinton and his wife, Nancy, which provides a window into the internal struggle of Dr. Clinton Reed and how it affects his wife and child. As always, Jack Palance is great as Blackie, the leader of the gang of men who the police are tracking. Every time I see Jack Palance I am reminded of just how much of a screen presence the man has. He can just come off as down right menacing. Panic in the Streets is a rather epic thriller which still spends enough time showing emotional weight of the characters, making it a strong, if not spectacular, thriller..