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Trailers from Hell: John Landis on Kazan's Public Health Noir 'Panic in the Streets'

Photo of Trailers From Hell By Trailers From Hell | Thompson on Hollywood November 9, 2012 at 1:10PM

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."
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"Panic in the Streets"
"Panic in the Streets"

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.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.