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Basic Info Rusty's rating: 77
Category: Crime, Drama, Mystery/Noir/ThrillerNotable as: Film noirSub-Category: Film noir, Thriller, Psychological thriller, Chase Movie, Crime Fiction, DramaMain subject: epidemicNarrative location: New OrleansRuntime: 96 minutesColor: black-and-whiteLanguage: English, Standard Chinese, GreekCountry: United StatesFilming location: New OrleansDirector: Elia KazanScreenwriter: Richard Murphy, Daniel Fuchs, Daniel FuchsMusic: Billie HolidayCinematography: Joseph MacDonaldStars: Richard Widmark, Paul Douglas, Barbara Bel Geddes, Jack Palance, Zero Mostel, Daniela Rocca, Emile Meyer, Tommy RettigProducer: Sol C. SiegelStudio: 20th Century FoxAwards won: Academy Award for Best StoryAward details: (details at IMDb)
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Panic in the Streets is a 1950 film noir directed by Elia Kazan. It was shot exclusively on location in New Orleans, Louisiana and features numerous New Orleans citizens in speaking and non-speaking roles. The film tells the story of Clinton Reed, an officer of the U.S. Public Health Service and a police captain who have only a day or two in which to prevent an epidemic of pneumonic plague after Reed determines a waterfront homicide victim is an index case. Co-stars include Barbara Bel Geddes, Jack Palance and Zero Mostel – the latter two play associates of the victim who had prompted the investigation. The film was also the debut of Tommy Rettig, who played the Reeds' son. The film was released on DVD on March 15, 2005 by 20th Century Fox as part of the Fox Film Noir collection, along with Laura and Call Northside 777. The score was composed by Alfred Newman.


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