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The Racket (1951)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 12 December 1951 (USA)
In New York, two honest cops try to hinder a crime syndicate from moving into the precinct and also to prevent the mob's plan of electing a corrupt prosecutor to a judgeship.

Directors:

John Cromwell, Mel Ferrer (uncredited) | 3 more credits »

Writers:

William Wister Haines (screenplay), W.R. Burnett (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Brett King ... Joe Scanlon
Richard Karlan Richard Karlan ... Breeze Enright
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Storyline

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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Approved | See all certifications »
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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

When Captain McQuigg (Robert Mitchum) got back to the Seventh Precinct Station right after the hood he was tailing fell off the roof, a desk officer tells him that District Attorney Rogers is waiting for him in his office. The name of the District Attorney was Mortimer Welsh. 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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Connections

Referenced in Foul Play (1978) 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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Robert Ryan is a Superb Villain
12 August 2008 | by ZenVortexSee 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 December 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Crimen organizado See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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