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


Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 December 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Syndikat See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The film's director John Cromwell was in the Broadway play "The Racket" which opened on November 27, 1927 at the Ambassador Theatre, 219 W. 49th St. and ran for 119 performances until March, 1928. 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

Lucy Johnson: What if we had three kids?
Officer Bob Johnson: You'd be half done. I want six.
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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 surly and manic as the Bad Guy
19 May 2000 | by Sleepy-17See all my reviews

Amusing, inexpensive, and predictable, this 50's gangster film's highlights are the snarling confrontations between Ryan and Top Cop Robert Mitchum. Ryan's cruelties are three-dimensional, but Mitchum seems to be thinking about something offscreen when he's not in a face-off with Ryan. Other secondary characterizations are quite vivid, especially by Ray Collins (a few years before "Touch of Evil") as a crooked political candidate, and William Talman, 50's TV stalwart, as the doomed rookie cop.


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