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Director:
Writers:
Bartlett Cormack (from the stage success of)
Bartlett Cormack (adaptation)
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Release Date:
1 November 1928 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Plot:
An honest police captain vows to bring down a powerful bootlegger who is protected by corrupt politicians and judges. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. See more »
User Reviews:
Great directing of a very good cast See more (21 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Thomas Meighan ... Captain McQuigg

Louis Wolheim ... Nick Scarsi

Marie Prevost ... Helen Hayes

G. Pat Collins ... Johnson (as Pat Collins)
Henry Sedley ... Spike

George E. Stone ... Joe Scarsi (as George Stone)
Sam De Grasse ... Welch (as Sam DeGrasse)
Richard 'Skeets' Gallagher ... Miller (as Skeets Gallagher)
Lee Moran ... Pratt
John Darrow ... Ames
Lucien Prival ... Chick
Dan Wolheim ... Sergeant Turck
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Frank Austin ... Man at Funeral (uncredited)

Walter Brennan ... Man on Street in Front of Barber Shop (uncredited)
Jim Farley ... Detective (uncredited)
Tony Marlo ... Chick's Chauffeur (uncredited)
Burr McIntosh ... The Old Man - Political Kingpin (uncredited)
Pat McKee ... Man at Funeral (uncredited)
Lewis Milestone ... Speakeasy Doorman with Cigar (uncredited)
William H. O'Brien ... Detective Frisking Nick (uncredited)
Jack Perry ... Scarsi's Henchman (uncredited)
Dick Rush ... Detective (uncredited)
Charles Sullivan ... Scarsi's Henchman (uncredited)
Harry Wilson ... Man at Funeral (uncredited)
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Directed by
Lewis Milestone 
 
Writing credits
Bartlett Cormack (from the stage success of)

Bartlett Cormack (adaptation)

Del Andrews (scenario)

Tom Miranda (titles)

Harry Behn  scenario (uncredited)

Produced by
Howard Hughes .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Robert Israel 
 
Cinematography by
Tony Gaudio (photographed by)
 
Film Editing by
Eddie Adams (edited by)
 
Art Direction by
Julian Fleming 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Nate Watt .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Karen Eckhoff .... sound engineer (2004 alternate version)
Vladislav Kvapil .... recording director (2004 alternate version)
Vit Muzik .... recording director (2004 alternate version)
 
Visual Effects by
Jeffery Masino .... digital restoration (2004 alternate version)
 
Editorial Department
David Block .... telecine: Ascent Media (2004 alternate version)
Alfonso Gomez .... restoration film editor (2004 alternate version)
 
Music Department
Robert Israel .... conductor: The Robert Israel Orchestra, Europe (2004 alternate version)
Robert Israel .... music arranger (2004 alternate version)
 
Other crew
Howard Hughes .... presenter (as Howard R. Hughes)
Frank Lunn .... legal services: Rosen, Feig, Conley and Lunn (2004 alternate version) (as Frank M. Lunn)
 
Thanks
Margaret Bodde .... special thanks (2004 alternate version)
Peter Bogdanovich .... dedicatee: Robert Israel's music
Evans Butterworth .... special thanks (2004 alternate version)
Sean Cameron .... special thanks: Turner Entertainment Networks (2004 alternate version)
Sean Clark .... special thanks: UNLV Dept. of Film (2004 alternate version)
Michelle Cooley .... special thanks: Turner Entertainment Networks (2004 alternate version)
Pirro Dollani .... special thanks: University of Nevada Las Vegas (2004 alternate version)
Frank Donner .... special thanks (2004 alternate version)
Brian Friedman .... special thanks (2004 alternate version)
John F. Gallagher .... special thanks: UNLV Foundation (2004 alternate version) (as John F. Gallagher Ph.D.)
Randy Haberkamp .... special thanks (2004 alternate version)
James Harper .... special thanks (2004 alternate version)
Tom Karsch .... special thanks: Turner Entertainment Networks (2004 alternate version)
Marty Kearns .... special thanks (2004 alternate version)
Jeffrey Koep .... special thanks: University of Nevada Las Vegas (2004 alternate version) (as Jeffrey Koep Ph.D.)
Laneesa Lanier .... special thanks: University of Nevada Las Vegas (2004 alternate version)
Francisco Menéndez .... special thanks: UNLV Dept. of Film (2004 alternate version) (as Francisco Menendez)
John Novacek .... special thanks (2004 alternate version)
Kevin Orrock .... special thanks (2004 alternate version)
Brian Peterson .... special thanks (2004 alternate version)
Justin Pettigrew .... special thanks: Turner Entertainment Networks (2004 alternate version)
Susan Ryan .... special thanks: Turner Entertainment Networks (2004 alternate version) (as Susan K. Ryan)
David Schmoeller .... special thanks: UNLV Dept. of Film (2004 alternate version)
Charles Tabesh .... special thanks: Turner Entertainment Networks (2004 alternate version)
Morgan Tegtow .... special thanks: University of Nevada Las Vegas (2004 alternate version)
Jennifer Vaughan .... special thanks: University of Nevada Las Vegas (2004 alternate version)
Hart L. Wegner .... special thanks: UNLV Dept. of Film (2004 alternate version)
Peter Wentzel .... special thanks (2004 alternate version)
Karin Wright .... special thanks (2004 alternate version)
Kevin Yates .... special thanks (2004 alternate version)
 
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Runtime:
84 min (2004 alternate version)
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Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The play opened on Broadway in New York City, New York, USA on 22 November 1927 and closed in March 1928 after 119 performances. The opening night cast included Edward G. Robinson, Romaine Callender, G. Pat Collins (who is also in the movie), Norman Foster, Hugh O'Connell and Willard Robertson.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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Movie Connections:
Remade as The Racket (1951)See more »

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14 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Great directing of a very good cast, 16 December 2004

Lewis Milestone performed one of his best directing jobs with "The Racket." He had a superior cast in what, in a later talkie, might be just a mediocre script, but taken in context, "The Racket" is a great movie. Watch the byplay during the funeral, for example.

Milestone and his editors and special effects people create some excellent visual effects to complement a cast that charms even in the role of slimy bad guy. Minor characters still got their chances to shine in the spotlight and even the non-speaking -- well, of course all the characters were non-speaking in one sense -- the un-named characters whose job was to look menacing or even just interested in the goings-on, all stood out.

Frankly this film was a surprise to me -- not that it was so good, but that I had had no knowledge of it beforehand.

To come so early in the career of so many of the people connected with it, notably Howard Hughes, who had the (to me) strange title of "presenter," this film is a stand-out. Robert Israel, who wrote the music for this revival, is fast becoming one of the great composers of the modern era.

All the people who are responsible for this film's recent revival deserve the thanks of film lovers as well as film historians. "The Racket" is one to see again.

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