Panic in the Streets
- 1 hr 36 min
Panic in the Streets is 1950 film noir. The story is set in New Orleans, and the film was shot entirely on locations. This helps to give it a very convincing and authentic feel. The plot concerns a pneumonic plague outbreak that threatens to spin quickly out of control. Widmark plays a U.S. Public Health official. He kills another local gangster named Kochak who is visibly sick. The coroner grows concerned when he diagnoses a bacteria in the gangster’s corpse. This sets the stage for a race against the clock to track down the source of the illness before it spins out of control.