Panic in the Streets

Synopsis: When a body is found in the New Orleans docks, it's pretty obvious that he died from gun shot wounds. The police surgeon notices that the man is also displaying other symptoms and Lt. Commander Clint Reed, a doctor with the U.S. Public Health Service, diagnoses a highly contagious disease, pneumonic plague. He tries to convince local officials to find everyone who may have been in contact with the dead man. The Mayor supports his efforts but many, including the police, are doubtful. Reed wants to avoid publicity so as not to panic the public. They have little information to go on - they don't know the dead man's identity - and Reed estimates they have 48 hours before disease begins to spread. With police Capt. Tom Warren going through the motions, Reed sets out to find the killers.
Director(s): Elia Kazan
Production: Twentieth Century Fox
  Won 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
96 min

- Naw.

- It's too thick. Look at it.

I'm gonna thin it.

Where's the turpentine? Ah.

Electric trains yet.


- Clint, telephone.

- Not here.

- It's Gafney from the office.

- Tell him I went to Alaska.

He's waiting, Clint.

Oh, bosh.

- What's your problem?

- Pop, can I have a quarter?

- What happened to your allowance?

- It's for the movies, Pop.

- All the kids are going.

- Uh-uh. No.

- Aw, come on, Pop.

- Now, look, old boy.

You're supposed to get

fifty cents a week.

Aw, Pop, money just goes.

You know how it is.

Yeah, I've got

a pretty good idea.


Take it.

You're a pest.

- Thanks, Pop. I knew you would.

- Yeah, I knew it too.

The first day I've had off

in six weeks.

I just about get used to it

when the phone rings.

What am I supposed to be, anyhow?

The only one in that office

that knows what to do?

Tell Gafney.

He called, not me.

I should have had it disconnected.

Paul? I thought I told you

I was gonna take the whole day off.

Oh? Yeah.

What do you mean,

there's something funny about him?



Well, all right.

I'll come down.

Hold everybody there that had any contact

with the body in case it is something.

No, I'd rather

you stayed there.

Yeah, I know.

It's all right. I'll see you.

- Serious?

- Oh, it's always a crisis with those boys...

...when they can't

diagnose something.

I don't suppose that cleaner

remembered to bring back my...

Well, what happened to him

all of a sudden?

Go ahead and change.

I'll bring it in.

Hey, Mom, isn't lunch ready yet?

I'm hungry. Oh.

- You and your father!

- Yippee!

And Al Jerio asked me to go hunting

today with him down in the Bayous.

I know. I know.

What's the rush?

Got to meet the kids.

We're going to a movie.

Movie? What are you planning

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