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Panic in the Streets(1950)

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  • A different widmark.

    • denscul
    • 3/11/19

    Never a big fan of Widmark ever I saw him push the old lady down the steps. He was either a great actor, or really capable of doing it for fun. This film makes him out as a real hero in the face of a lot of push back. Back in the time this film was made, the public would be lucky to have such dedication or nerve. Those attributes were easy for Widmark to play. He always played a nervy guy . It didn't matter if he was a good guy or bad.

  • It's A Superb Detective Thriller

    • Kate D
    • 2/2/19

    This movie is so good it's difficult to know where to start but...I'll start with casting. Richard Widmark and Paul Douglas are perfect to carry out their respective roles in this taut thriller to stop a devastating plague from taking New Orleans and potentially everywhere, else by storm. Quick staccato conversations, intelligent but not too detailed, the movie clips along at a good pace, interesting new characters introduced throughout the film.Our two heroes clash at first but soon learn to work together and it's an enjoyable choice of casting. Just right. Paul Douglas' best performance I think. Widmark never disappoints & was usually too good for the films he was in. It's great to see him in a film that utilizes his strengths as an actor. So many great scenes. The ship they quarantine where Widmark's character converses with the Asian cook...stopping a near-mutiny/riot because the captain wouldn't address the crew's concerns about the plague. So real. So cool! And Widmark's attempt to identify the dead man by going into a tough dock office offering $50 for information. Every man in there looked 100% real, including the guy on the microphone. A lot of character in that scene. Jack Palance is a bad bad boy for sure. Zero Mostel is brilliant playing next to the razor thin Palance. Palance is so mean he's difficult to watch but this film is tough and true to it's own dark vision. I've seen it three times and it's now on my top ten list of films I like to watch over and over again to study. My first time seeing it I thought it too grim. Second time I thought, wow this film is really something. Third time, I knew I was watching a masterpiece. Give it a chance. Watch Widmark especially.

  • panic in the streets

    • kevin sellers
    • 1/19/19

    It's small wonder that a director whose two greatest films are set, respectively, on the waterfront and in the French Quarter would make a good film that takes place in the docks and dives of New Orleans, and indeed this is one of Kazan's better offerings. It's not as good as "Splendor In The Grass" or "A Tree Grows In Brooklyn" or "Streetcar", but is a solid, tense police procedural with the "hook" of the always dependably creepy Pneumatic Plague to keep you watching and, if that fails to rouse you, there's Jack Palance giving one of his best villainous turns, to mention nothing of his doing his own, difficult stunts in that great climactic chase scene, as well as location shooting and a jazzy score that capture the post WW2 zeitgeist of my second favorite American city behind LA. The screenplay by Richard Murphy and Daniel Fuchs can get a bit sanctimonious at times (i.e. I could have done without a film directed by the champion of the blacklist attacking censorship of the media) and two lovey dovey scenes between Widmark and Bel Geddes is one too many, but all in all this is great, gritty, entertaining stuff. Give it a B plus.

  • Palance powers the picture

    • Jeff Boston
    • 9/16/18

    Palance towers above everyone (figuratively and literally, especially a particular paper pusher) in this fine, forgotten film (really cool that TCM played it last night at 8 pm, and even cooler that TCM will have "Jack Palance" night on Sat 9-22). The "Shane" star makes a big impression in this, his first film, as a bad guy, just as Widmark did in his film debut 3 years earlier in "Kiss of Death." The scene with the 3 criminals in the back of the eatery is really good, as is the action-packed final 15 minutes, which is worth hanging around for, and it does not leave you (or any of its characters) hanging.

  • Consistently very good

    • eileen
    • 1/1/12

    For performances. both individual and group, direction and insights into the lives and thoughts of society, and time of setting, this movie has a lot to offer beyond its story. No melodrama here - just the real stuff. Not often seen on TV but should be by those who miss great assemblages of theme and acting ability, a la Widmark,. Palance and all - thanks for showing it New Year's Eve.

  • Dr. Widmark saves the Big Easy

    • Jack Jacoby
    • 10/19/10

    Elia Kazan directs Richard Widmark and Paul Douglas in this taut thriller about epidemic "plague" threatening the City of New Orleans. Gritty and realistic with fine performances from leads,Widmark as the Army Doctor and Douglas as the good cop,this film is very entertaining with wonderful support from Jack Palance, Zero Mostel and Barbara Bel Geddes. The usual excellence from the talented Kazan.

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