Fifth about The Seventh

Panic in the Streets

Panic in the StreetsPanic in the Streets: this noir by Elia Kazan has a very solid story, and the added urgency is great; the stakes are greater than they usually are, and that makes this an exciting and involving experience. The cast is in great shape: Richard Widmark interacts greatly with Paul Douglas, and Jack Palance oozes charming threat. Joe MacDonald’s economical camerawork is a thing of beauty: the complex staging and the rich use of the background allows many scenes to unfurl in a low number of shots. Alfred Newman’s jazzy score adds a lot to the ambiance.

One comment

  1. Panic in the Streets is still relevant today. How long will it be before a super-bug or deadly disease comes to America?

    Great line: “Jack Palance oozes charming threat.” He gives the standout performance in the film.

    I wrote a short essay (500 words) on Panic in the Streets called “Illegal Immigration and the Risk to Public Health.” If you would like to read it, I am open to any feedback:


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