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The Racket (1928)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 1 November 1928 (USA)
An honest police captain vows to bring down a powerful bootlegger who is protected by corrupt politicians and judges.

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Patrolman Johnson (as Pat Collins)
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Joe Scarsi (as George Stone)
Sam De Grasse ...
Welch (as Sam DeGrasse)
Richard 'Skeets' Gallagher ...
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Storyline

An honest police captain named McQuigg becomes a tough rival to a powerful bootlegger named Scarsi, even though McQuigg's pinches never stick because Scarsi and his organization control the corrupt politicians and judges. When Scarsi can't scare McQuigg off, he gets him transferred to a quiet police precinct in the suburbs, but McQuigg continues their war of words via a pair of wisecracking newspaper reporters. Then McQuigg catches a huge break when Scarsi's younger brother gets picked up for a hit and run accident in his precinct, putting in motion a complex plan to bring down the mobster using the reporters, a nightclub singing gold digger, the upcoming elections and Scari's own organization. Written by TimeNTide

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Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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1 November 1928 (USA)  »

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A Lei dos Fortes  »

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1.33 : 1
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One of only three films to receive an Oscar nomination for Best Production. After the first year of the Academy Awards, the Best Production and Best Unique and Artistic Picture categories would be consolidated into the single prestigious Best Picture category. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
[McQuigg ducks into a doorway when one of Scari's henchmen shoots at but purposely misses him. Scarsi emerges from behind the door]
Nick Scarsi: Hello, Mac.
Police Captain James McQuigg: Hello, Nick.
Nick Scarsi: Take a tip, Mac... change your racket.
Police Captain James McQuigg: I like my racket... and I haven't shot yet.
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Remade as The Racket (1951) See more »

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An Excellent Silent Crime Drama
16 December 2004 | by (Alexandria, Virginia) – See all my reviews

I found this a very enjoyable early crime drama. Students of the genre will want to compare this to "Little Caesar" and/or "The Front Page". Transitions within scenes and from one scene to another flow better in "The Racket" than in many other silent films.

I agree with earlier comments about the new scoring. There is too much brass and too much forte.

The film itself is about 83 minutes long, much longer than we thought during the 76 years that it was out of circulation. The restoration job on the film is one of the best that I have seen, especially for a film as old as this one is. I hope it is released soon on DVD.


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