Sheila Bennett returns to New York from Cuba, carrying $40,000 worth of smuggled diamonds…and smallpox, which could start a devastating epidemic in the unprotected city. Treasury agent Johnson loses her but keeps doggedly on the trail; while Public Health doctor Wood searches in vain for the unknown person spreading the deadly disease far and wide. Meanwhile, the increasingly ill Sheila is only concerned with her faithless husband Matt, who plans to abscond with the diamonds… –IMDb
Not in the realm of PANIC IN THE STREETS, but the pseudo-documentary approach to the issue of disease control makes a fascinating contrast with the noir elements. And the element of a sympathetic anti-hero whose desire for vengeance increases the threat of plague creates a nice tension. Evelyn Keyes' performance is the highlight.
Awkward and often goofy B-movie about a woman who accidentally contracts smallpox while smuggling diamonds from out of the country, and threatens to start an epidemic in New York. An exploitation issue drama meant to "educate" as well as play off fears of an epidemic, the film's narration is often laughable, but provides an interesting window into fears and attitudes of the early 1950s.