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The Racket (1951)

Approved  |   |  Crime, Drama, Film-Noir  |  12 December 1951 (USA)
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The big national crime syndicate has moved into town, partnering up with local crime boss Nick Scanlon. There are only two problems: First, Nick is the violent type, preferring to do things... See full summary »

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Mary McQuigg (as Joyce MacKenzie)
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Lucy Johnson
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Walter Sande ...
Precinct Sgt. Jim Delaney
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Harry Craig (Crime Commission chief investigator)
Don Porter ...
R.G. Connolly
Walter Baldwin ...
Booking Sgt. Sullivan
Brett King ...
Richard Karlan ...
Breeze Enright
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The big national crime syndicate has moved into town, partnering up with local crime boss Nick Scanlon. There are only two problems: First, Nick is the violent type, preferring to do things the old-fashioned way instead of using the syndicate's more genteel methods. The second problem is McQuigg, the only honest police captain on the force, and his loyal patrolman, Johnson. Together, they take on the violent Nick and try to foil the syndicate's plans to elect Welch, the crooked prosecutor running for a crooked judgeship. Written by Martin Lewison <lewison+@pitt.edu>

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YOU'LL LEARN WHO PAYS OFF WHO -- AND WHY! (original print ad - all caps) See more »


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12 December 1951 (USA)  »

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Das Syndikat  »

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Trivia

The film's director John Cromwell was in the Broadway play "The Racket" which opened on November 27, 1927. He starred as McQuigg, the role played in the film by Robert Mitchum. See more »

Goofs

Nick Scanlon's car is a 1949 Chrysler Crown Imperial limo. In the crash scene, an older 1942 model was used. The '49 side trim has been added, but the different front end reveals the switch. See more »

Quotes

Nick Scanlon: [talking about sending his brother to four colleges] The last one I had to buy him a chair. Ah, not like that.
[kicks chair]
Nick Scanlon: Endowment they call it. Professor's graft. And it's stiff, too. An endowed chair in civic, to get him his... em... uh, whaddaya call it... uh...
Captain Thomas McQuigg: Diploma.
Nick Scanlon: Diploma! I got it okay.
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Remake of The Racket (1928) See more »

Soundtracks

A Lovely Way to Spend an Evening
Music by Jimmy McHugh
Lyrics by Harold Adamson
Performed by Lizabeth Scott (dubbed)
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Nasty Robert Ryan Elevates This Film Noir
26 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A deep cast of well-known actors highlights this film noir effort. Robert Mitchum, Robert Ryan, Lizabeth Scott, William Talman, Ray Collins, Don Porter and William Conrad are all familiar names, especially to film noir buffs.

Ryan lifts this from an average classic-era crime film to above-average with a convincingly nasty character. He plays a no-compromise hood who lives by the code of violence. You have a problem? Violence, not brains, is the answer, according to Ryan's character "Nick Scanlon."

The film is fast-moving despite not having a lot of action scenes. All the characters are good, not just Ryan's, and the dialog is excellent in spots. The photography is nothing special, at least not as dramatic as most noirs, but it's a solid crime film, thanks to this cast. I would rate this a bit higher but I didn't care for the ending.


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