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The Racket (1951)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 1951 (UK)
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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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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In May 1950, Samuel Fuller was assigned to work on the film's screenplay and was considered as a possible director. 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: [speaking about all he did for his younger brother] I sent him to four colleges. Four!
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Referenced in The Big Steal: Look Behind You (2007) See more »

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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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Robert Ryan is a Superb Villain
12 August 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Pretty much the entire cast delivers good performances. Robert Mitchum swaggers through the movie calmly exuding righteousness (!), machismo, and testosterone as a good cop dedicated to fighting a sprawling web of political intrigue and corruption.

Robert Ryan is superb as a nasty, snarling thug, the ruthless boss of a vicious gang of hoodlums who specialize in murdering witnesses.

William Talman -- who starred as the psychopathic killer in The Hitch Hiker -- is convincing but underused as a decent, dependable cop.

Lizabeth Scott is disappointing as a trashy blonde nightclub singer. She doesn't seem to get 'into' her part and delivers a bland, lack-luster performance.

Although the cast's acting in general is good, the direction and cinematography are mediocre. The plot is predictable and holds no surprises, no twists, no denouement. Although the story hints at a mastermind who is pulling Ryan's strings, the angle is not developed and we never find out who it is (probably the Governor). Not a classic, but Ryan's performance is worth the cost of admission.


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