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The film ends with the following written statement: "To the men and women of public health-the first line of defense between mankind and disease. We gratefully acknowledge the cooperation of the departments of health and hospitals of New York and Los Angeles." The film was reviewed by Hollywood Reporter and Daily Variety as Frightened City. It was inspired by a 1946 smallpox scare, in which millions of New Yorkers were given free vaccinations without causing a panic. According to a July 30, 1948 Los Angeles Examiner news item, producer Allen Miner bought Milton Lehman's story intending to star Lew Ayres in the role of the doctor. In 1948, Miner sold the rights to the story to Columbia for $40,000, according to a July 5, 1949 Los Angeles Times news item. The Variety review reports that Columbia postponed the release of this film for over six months until the end of the run of Fox's similarly themed picture, Panic in the Streets (see below).