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.
***1/2. The film, theatrically released 6 months after Elia Kazan's PANIC IN THE STREETS, handles similar themes. The star of the film is Evelyn Keyes who gives a gret performance here. Tense B-movie. Recommended. A DVD zone scratches and pimples.
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.