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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 »


Certificate:

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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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

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: [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

Remake of The Racket (1928) 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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" I own this town and no one tells me how to run it "
13 October 2011 | by thinker1691See all my reviews

During the 1940's and 50's it was easy to watch a crime/drama and with little effort, would be able to identify the good guys from the bad guys. This particular story called " The Racket " is based on the play written by Bartlett Cormack and was directed by John Cromwell. In it we have Robert Mitchum starring as Captain Thomas McQuigg, a no-nonsense, hard-bitten cop of the Old School who has decided to run a clean precinct. He does this by going after Nick Scanlon (Robert Ryan, who is at his best) as the most notorious mobster around. Scandlon believes his methods are fool proof and so effective he does not need to adapt. After all, he is backed up by 'The Big Boss', a corrupt District Atty. Mort X Welsh and an equally corrupt Det. Sgt. Turk (William Conrad.) The movie is standard Black and White 1950's drama with sufficient excitement to keep the characters alive and interesting. The audience is entertained and throughout the length of the story kept alert enough to learn the outcome. Excellent film fare. ****


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