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

to use for money?

- Oh, I got it.

- Nope, I told him, just gonna stay home...

...lie around all day.

Not gonna shave.

Just slop around.

- Old clothes. Drink a couple...

- Aw, Mom!

Now what?

Take a little nap in the afternoon.

Have an early dinner.

Just take the whole day off.


You know what I mean?

Did you give Tommy

a quarter for the movies?

Well, uh, yeah.

Weren't you the one that decided

we'd give him a regular allowance... teach him about money?

- Well, yeah, I did, honey, but you see...

- Look.

He may be an only child, but I'm not

gonna have him act like one. Here.

- I gave you the answer to that one two years ago.

- Yeah.

- Yeah.

- I'm getting tired of always being the heavy in the piece.

- Okay, okay.

- Incidentally, since you're being so free with your money...


- Holy smoke. The bill from Whitfield's.

- Uh-huh. The same one.

- What happened to your allowance?

- You're kidding, of course.

- Forty-two dollars, and I'm fresh out.

- Again?

Still. And you've been

promising to pay it, Clint.

It's getting embarrassing.

Really. I'm afraid to go down to the store.

What, for 42 dollars?

Let 'em wait.

I never saw the day old Massa Whitfield

broke his neck getting anything over here.

Forty-two dollars. Listen, one of these days

we'll walk into that store and pay cash.

One of what days?

- Well, one of these days.

- Uh-huh.

And when one of those oil companies decides

they can't lay a pipeline in Arabia...

...without the services

of Dr. Clinton Reed...

- All right.

- The man with the high forehead and the disposition of an old...


- Hey, Clint.

- What?

- I like high foreheads.

- Yeah, I'll bet you do.

Well, it happens.

Don't think it doesn't.

They've taken a lot of guys

from the department.

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