Panic In The Streets (UK)
Running Time: 93 mins
Retail Price: £12.99
Content Type: Movie
When the victim of a gangland killing is found to be riddled with a pneumonic plague, New Orleans medical officer Dr. Clinton Reed (Richard Widmark) is pitched into a race against time to stop the deadly epidemic from desecrating the city. To do so, Reed, must form an initially unlikely alliance with police chief Tom Warren (Paul Douglas) and hunt down and exterminate the infected murderers, Blackie (Jack Palance) and Raymond (Zero Mostel). Shot entirely on location, Elia Kazan adopted many of the conventions of documentary film-making to lend the film its searing intensity and gritty realism. Further contributing to this sense of immediacy was the decision to pepper the cast of Hollywood acting veterans - including Barbara Bell Geddes and Tommy Cook - with non-actors who looked the part. Sharply scripted by Richard Murphy (from a short story by Edward and Edna Anhalt), Panic in the Streets is a brooding, sinister masterpiece.
Photo gallery. Original artwork
Barbara Bel Geddes
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