Best Movies by Farr

Panic in the Streets

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What's it About

This early Elia Kazan picture centers around an increasingly desperate search for two criminals on the lam in New Orleans (played by Palance and Mostel), who, unbeknownst to them, have been infested with Bubonic plague. If health inspector Dr. Clint Reed (Widmark) and police captain Tom Warren (Douglas) don't nab their quarry fast, this killer plague will spread and put the whole country at risk.

Why we love it

This breathlessly exciting film is one of the best manhunt pictures ever made, with the plague twist adding an extra jolt of tension. Kazan’s peerless on-location shooting never obscures the terrific acting from the four central characters, comprising both hunters and hunted. Palance in particular is positively magnetic. Don’t miss this one.

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BEST MOVIES BY FARR is your personal guide to great movies to rent, stream, or buy; to watch at home or on-the-go. Led by film advocate John Farr, the Best Movies by Farr team works as a "quality filter" for the discerning moviegoer. Every day, we bring you the best of the best, the fantastic familiar films and hidden gems, to answer that age-old question: "What should we watch tonight?"