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The Racket (1928)

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

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Joe Scarsi (as George Stone)
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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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A Lei dos Fortes  »

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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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Now available-- and worth the wait
15 December 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I am watching it right now on TCM. It has been digitally restored and a new soundtrack added. The music is excellent. I was sure it was 'period' until I saw the credits, which are rolling as I type.

Marie Prevost is amazing, she dominates every scene in which she appears. Her expressions and body language are astounding. It helps you understand what silent movie acting is all about.

This was a Howard Hughes production. I believe the picture is longer than 60 minutes, though.

The University of Nevada at Las Vegas is credited with this restoration project. They did a great job. I love this movie.


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