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The Racket (1951)

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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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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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The Racket boldly begins where the Senate crime committee left off! See more »


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12 December 1951 (USA)  »

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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 »

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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 »

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Nick Scanlon: [speaking about all he did for his younger brother] I sent him to four colleges. Four!
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A Lovely Way to Spend an Evening
Music by Jimmy McHugh
Lyrics by Harold Adamson
Performed by Lizabeth Scott (dubbed)
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Unconvincing Noir
9 October 2005 | by (NY, NY) – See all my reviews

Only a year before this was released, its director gave us one of the greatest and the darkest movies ever: "Caged." Then "The Company She Keeps," which is not a success but has some good moments.

This is a paint-by-numbers noir. (The term is anachronistic. So let's say a hash of crime thrillers.) Crooked politicians, good cops, nightclub singer with heart of gold. You name it.

Robert Ryan gives his patented psychotic killer performance. And he was great at it. Very believable and surely against his own personality type. It is much the same part, though, that he had played in "Crossfire." Lizabeth Scott is the singer. She's fine.

Robert Mitchum, though, is cast damagingly against type. He had a magnetic screen presence,. And in some movies -- notably "The Night of the Hunter" -- he was great. But a police captain who stands up against all corruption? He isn't bad. But he isn't believable, really, either. And this peculiar casting throws the whole thing off.


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