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Writers:
William Wister Haines (screenplay) and
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Release Date:
12 December 1951 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
YOU'LL LEARN WHO PAYS OFF WHO -- AND WHY! (original print ad - all caps) See more »
Plot:
The big national crime syndicate has moved into town, partnering up with local crime boss Nick Scanlon... See more » | Add synopsis »
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"The Racket" ls A Slow Moving Movie That Shows Its Age See more (39 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Robert Mitchum ... Captain Thomas McQuigg

Lizabeth Scott ... Irene Hayes

Robert Ryan ... Nick Scanlon

William Talman ... Officer Bob Johnson

Ray Collins ... Dist. Atty. Mortimer X. Welsh
Joyce Mackenzie ... Mary McQuigg (as Joyce MacKenzie)
Robert Hutton ... Dave Ames
Virginia Huston ... Lucy Johnson

William Conrad ... Det. Sgt. Turk
Walter Sande ... Precinct Sgt. Jim Delaney

Les Tremayne ... Harry Craig (Crime Commission chief investigator)
Don Porter ... R.G. Connolly
Walter Baldwin ... Booking Sgt. Sullivan
Brett King ... Joe Scanlon
Richard Karlan ... Breeze Enright
Tito Vuolo ... Tony, Nick's Barber
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eric Alden ... Sergeant (uncredited)
Gregg Barton ... Rookie Cop (uncredited)

Don Beddoe ... Mitchell - Member of Craig's Office (uncredited)
Kate Belmont ... Operator (uncredited)
Robert Bice ... Police Dispatcher (uncredited)
Matthew Boulton ... Simpson - Nick's Butler (uncredited)
Barry Brooks ... Cameron (uncredited)
Howland Chamberlain ... Roy Higgins (uncredited)
Claudia Constant ... Girl (uncredited)
John Daheim ... Mannick - Nick's Driver / Henchman (uncredited)
Don Dillaway ... Harris - Member of Craig's Team (uncredited)
Art Dupuis ... Police Car Driver (uncredited)
Jane Easton ... Operator (uncredited)

Pat Flaherty ... Policeman, Car 43 (uncredited)
William Forrest ... Head of Crime Commission (uncredited)
Jack Gargan ... Lewis (uncredited)
Dick Gordon ... Pedestrian (uncredited)
Bret Hamilton ... Reporter (uncredited)
Jayne Hazard ... Girl (uncredited)
Curtis Jarrett ... Policeman (uncredited)
Howard Joslin ... Sgt. Werker (uncredited)
Hazel Keener ... Secretary (uncredited)
Mike Lally ... Sergeant (uncredited)
Harry Lauter ... Officer Mosley (uncredited)
Ronald Lee ... Elevator Boy (uncredited)
Herbert Lytton ... Police Doctor (uncredited)
Frank Marlowe ... Pedestrian with Morning Newspaper (uncredited)
Thomas Martin ... Governor's Butler (uncredited)
Allen Mathews ... Pedestrian (uncredited)
Harriet Matthews ... Librarian (uncredited)
John McGuire ... Policeman in Locker Room (uncredited)
Ralph Montgomery ... Pedestrian (uncredited)
Al Murphy ... Newsboy (uncredited)
William J. O'Brien ... Counterman / Short Order Cook (uncredited)
Eddie Parker ... Garage Roof Thug (uncredited)
Ralph Peters ... Davis - Crooked Bondsman (uncredited)
Howard Petrie ... The Governor (uncredited)
Joey Ray ... Reporter (uncredited)
Walter Reed ... Policeman at Roll Call & in Locker Room (uncredited)
Richard Reeves ... Leo - Driver / Scanlon Henchman (uncredited)
Stephen Roberts ... Schmidt, Police Car Driver (uncredited)
Jack Shea ... Night Desk Sergeant (uncredited)
Miles Shepard ... Policeman (uncredited)
Charles Sherlock ... Pedestrian (uncredited)
George Sherwood ... Douglas (uncredited)

Milburn Stone ... Member of Craig's Team (uncredited)
Duke Taylor ... Policeman (uncredited)
Herb Vigran ... Paradise Club Manager (uncredited)
Max Wagner ... Durko - Ugly Henchman (uncredited)
Bud Wolfe ... Detective with Johnson at the Paradise Club (uncredited)
Sally Yarnell ... Brunette Police Operator (uncredited)

Directed by
John Cromwell 
Mel Ferrer (uncredited)
Tay Garnett (uncredited)
Nicholas Ray (uncredited)
Sherman Todd (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
William Wister Haines (screenplay) and
W.R. Burnett (screenplay)

Bartlett Cormack (play)

Produced by
Edmund Grainger .... producer
 
Original Music by
Paul Sawtell (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
George E. Diskant (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Sherman Todd 
 
Art Direction by
Albert S. D'Agostino 
Jack Okey 
 
Set Decoration by
Darrell Silvera 
William Stevens 
 
Costume Design by
Michael Woulfe (gowns)
 
Makeup Department
Mel Berns .... makeup artist
Larry Germain .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Cliff P. Broughton .... production supervisor
Arthur Siteman .... unit manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
James E. Casey .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Frank McWhorter .... sound
Clem Portman .... sound
 
Stunts
John Daheim .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Alexander Kahle .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Music Department
C. Bakaleinikoff .... musical director
C. Bakaleinikoff .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Roy Webb .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Howard Hughes .... presenter
 
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Runtime:
88 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Finland:K-16 | Netherlands:18 (original rating) (1952) | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) (passed with cuts) | UK:PG (video rating) (2010) | USA:Approved (PCA #15253) | West Germany:16

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Trivia:
In May 1950, Samuel Fuller was assigned to work on the film's screenplay and was considered as a possible director.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Foul Play (1978)See more »
Soundtrack:
A Lovely Way to Spend an EveningSee more »

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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
"The Racket" ls A Slow Moving Movie That Shows Its Age, 7 August 2007
Author: gerrythree (gerrytwo@hotmail.com) from New York

Throughout the movie, there are references made to the "old man," the leader of the organization that all the shady characters work for, an unseen presence who only contacts his underlings by telephone. I wonder if Howard Hughes knew when he was making this movie that was how he, Howard, was going to end up, always staying in the shadows as he operated his empire by telephone. Probably not, Howard was a hands on guy who mostly damaged the movies he worked on.

Whether anyone could have remade the 20's play and movie The Racket into a good movie is an open question. The movie has a few flaws: a script that is 20 years out of place, too much talk, a wildly improbable gangster played by scenery chewing Robert Ryan and much of the action confined to a police precinct house that is staffed with two or three cop extras and no extras as civilian walk-ins. The scene at the start where all the cops line up for roll call and Robert Mitchum reads them the riot act, if they take one payoff they are out, is laughable.

It seems from this speech that this is Mitchum's first day as Captain of the 7th Precinct, where he was reassigned because he was honest and arrested the wrong people. Yet, in this same precinct is the headquarters of Acme Real Estate, in an office building, the front company for the organization. Higgins, who works for the crime organization, is bumped off as he leaves Acme and, the scripts says, the murder will investigated by Mitchum, since the murder took place in the 7th Precinct. Why would a crime organization get Mitchum's character reassigned to a precinct where their headquarters are? I saw this movie on the Warner film noir DVD but I did not listen to the commentary, so I don't know if there is an explanation for this plot hole. At about the same time as this move was in release, in 1951, Warner Bros. had released Humphrey Bogart in The Enforcer and James Cagney had been in Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye, both movies that move at light speed compared to The Racket. These two other movies also had government groups investigating crime organizations, but that is their only similarity with The Racket.

The Racket is a good example of tired scriptwriters going through the motions to collect a salary and of actors doing a good job collecting a paycheck. There is only one plus in this entire movie, William Conrad doing a fine job playing the cynical Sergeant Turk.

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