Elia Kazan Week! concludes at Trailers from Hell with director John Landis introducing Kazan’s public health noir “Panic in the Streets,” noting that “before ‘Contagion,’ before ‘Outbreak,’ there was this scaryfying 50s germfest.”
Before Contagion, before Outbreak, there was this scarifying 50s germfest. Shot semi-documentary style on evocative New Orleans locations, Elia Kazan’s sixth feature outing incorporates film noir elements into its story of US Public Health officials trying to prevent a plague from spreading through the populace via some infected criminals. Film debuts of Jack Palance and popular moppet Tommy Rettig.