From Academy Award winning director Elia Kazan ("On The Waterfront") comes this tough, suspenseful film noir classic. Laying dead in a gutter on the New Orleans waterfront is an illegal alien carrying bubonic plague contracted from a rat-infested ship. Spreading the deadly disease is a band of rodent-like, two-bit hoodlums led by psychopath JACK PALANCE ("City Slickers"). RICHARD WIDMARK ("Pickup On South Street") stars as a medical officer forced to descend into the dockside underworld with only 48 hours to track down the plague-exposed thug before the disease grows into a full-blown deadly epidemic! Combining documentary realism (the entire film was shot on location in New Orleans), a bravura style and a classic race against time scenario, PANIC IN THE STREETS delivers white hot, two fisted, hard boiled thrills!