So we are saying good-bye to October very soon which means spooky month is almost over with. I have been late with posting my next furbaby which I will do on Monday. I know you are in suspense to read the thrilling saga of the animals that keep me as their pet aren't you? :) OK so this week is all about suffering through a great epidemic whether it be something similar to the horrific reality of the Spanish Flu Epidemic of 1918 or people turning into, yes, you guessed it, Zombies. Head on over to Wandering Through the Shelves to check out what the other people have chosen. Here are my 3....
1. THE RAINS CAME-1939
This is a romantic story starring Myrna Loy who travels with her elderly husband to India (Ranchipur) and meets up with her old flame who has been living there for a few years and is lost in more ways than one. Dear Myrna ends up falling in love with an Indian doctor (Tyrone, be still my heart, Power) who is trying to save a nation never mind just his patients. After a devastating hurricane and flood, cholera spreads creating an epidemic. The heroine decides to work along side her Doctor to help the sick. It's a melodrama but one with a punch due to the great special effects for its time. It's worth a look.
2. PANIC IN THE STREETS-1950
This is a race against time when an ill man, who stowed away on a ship, dies in an altercation with 2 men in New Orleans. When the dead man is brought to the morgue, the chief health inspector is called in who soon realizes the man has pneumonic plague. He and a cop try to find the 2 men who killed him and retrace his steps before an outbreak can ensue. It is a taught film noir that leaves you on the edge of your seat and reminds me of the real case of Typhoid Mary. This was the screen debut of Jack Palance.
Poor monkeys always get the wrap when it comes to plagues recently, so it goes in this film where a very deadly, Ebola like virus, has made its way from Africa to California. A small team from the Nation's Health Organization, set out to a small town to find out why so many are contracting this horrible disease. They realize there is a monkey running around and try to capture this monkey to create an anti serum before a mad general decides to blow up the town. I found this film quite nail biting and a good film to watch. It is not scary like "I Am Legend" and no dogs are killed or animals are killed because they are turning into zombies so I'm glad about that.
Which films would you choose? Let's hope we never have another 1918 flu pandemic no matter how much the media likes to try and scare us.