This is one of the most unjustly forgotten thrillers of the 1950's, especially considering the talent involved. Widmark and Douglas are both great as the public health official and police officer who are in a literally life-and-death race to locate carriers of pneumonic plague before the disease can hit the general populace of New Orleans. The aftermath of 9/11 has given this fifty-two-year-old thriller an incredible immediacy. The villians are a memorable lot, headed by a young pre-"Shane" Jack Palance and abetted by Zero Mostel. Look for Barbara Bel Geddes ("Dallas") and young Tommy Rettig ("The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T" and "Lassie") as Widmark's wife and son.