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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:
A Milestone Gangster Film 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:
George 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)

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 Boone Fleming  (as 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)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Additional Details

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Runtime:
84 min (2004 alternate version)
Country:
Language:
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Certification:
USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Only one copy of the film is known to have survived. It was long thought lost before being located in Howard Hughes' film collection after his death. The film was restored and preserved by the University of Nevada, Las Vegas film department. The restored copy is frequently shown on Turner Classic Movies in the United States.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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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
A Milestone Gangster Film, 15 July 2008
Author: wes-connors from Earth

Tough cop Thomas Meighan (as James McQuigg) versus underworld kingpin Louis Wolheim (as Nick Scarsi). In a subplot, blonde gold-digger Marie Prevost (as Helen Hayes) pursues Mr. Wolheim's "bad boy" brother George Stone (as Joe Scarsi). This Howard Hughes piloted film was considered for "Best Production" at the first Academy Awards, as "the most outstanding motion picture considering all elements that contribute to a picture's greatness." Although it understandably lost to "Wings", it does posses elements of "greatness".

Mr. Meighan, one of the biggest and most beloved stars of the era, brings considerable presence to his role; with a script that offers him surprisingly few opportunities for characterization. Wolheim and director Lewis Milestone are always a fun to watch match. Ms. Prevost and the supporting cast do their best with the "love story" and gangland activities. And, the production values are high. If only more focus and characterization were on the personal stories and conflicts concerning McQuigg and Scarsi! Curiously hesitant to show much depth; still, "The Racket" exposes, while inadvertently glamorizing, the gangster lifestyle.

******* The Racket (6/30/28) Lewis Milestone ~ Thomas Meighan, Louis Wolheim, Marie Prevost

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