One night in the New Orleans slums, vicious hoodlum Blackie and his friends kill an illegal immigrant who won too much in a card game. Next morning, Dr. Clint Reed of the Public Health Service confirms the dead man had pneumonic plague. To prevent a catastrophic epidemic, Clint must find and inoculate the killers and their associates, with the reluctant aid of police captain Tom Warren, despite official skepticism, and in total secrecy, lest panic empty the city. Can a doctor turn detective? He has 48 hours to try...
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|Richard Widmark||Lt. Cmdr. Clinton 'Clint' Reed M.D.|
|Paul Douglas||Capt. Tom Warren|
|Barbara Bel Geddes||Nancy Reed|
|Jack Palance||Blackie (as Walter Jack Palance)|
|Zero Mostel||Raymond Fitch|
|Dan Riss||Neff - Newspaper Reporter|
|Tommy Cook||Vince Poldi - Younger Brother|
|Joseph MacDonald||Director of Photography||
|Sol C. Siegel||Producer||
|Alfred Newman||Original Music Composer||