The Racket (1928)

The Racket (1928)




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Based on a controversial autobiographical play by Chicago newspaper reporter Bartlett Cormack, Racket is among the best gangster films and tells an exciting tale filled with bootleggers, government corruption and plenty of violence.
Classics , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Paramount Pictures


Thomas Meighan
as Capt. McQuigg
Louis Wolheim
as Nick Scarsi
George E. Stone
as Joe Scarsi
Lee Moran
as Pratt
Henry Sedley
as Corcan
Tony Marlo
as Chick's Chauffeur
Sam De Grasse
as District Attorney
Burr McIntosh
as Old Man
George Pat Collins
as Policeman Johnson
Tony Marlow
as Chick's Chauffeur
G. Pat Collins
as Johnson
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Critic Reviews for The Racket

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (1)

A good story, plus good direction, plus a great cast and minus dumb supervision, is responsible for another great underworld film.

Full Review… | March 25, 2009
Top Critic

A taut underworld drama.

Full Review… | January 31, 2012
TV Guide

It's easy to understand how it gripped audiences during the more primitive days of filmmaking.

Full Review… | March 25, 2007
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Produced by Howard Hughes and well-directed by Lewis Milestone, this yarn, about a police officer trying to control the mob, was one of the few crime-gangster films to be nominated for the Best Picture Oscar until the 1970s.

Full Review… | August 7, 2006

It's effortless entertainment, a good, solid, late silent film.

Full Review… | June 12, 2006
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Audience Reviews for The Racket


Great gangster flick that really showcased the power of mobsters and the corruption of government officials in their pockets. Louis Wolheim was perfectly cast as Nick Scarsi; he really made the movie for me. Plenty of action and tense moments to keep you entertained.

Ethan Wesley
Ethan Wesley

A surprisingly compelling late silent era gangster film. Excellent cinematography, convincing acting, and a well developed story. Features a great supporting performance by "Skeets" Gallagher as a boozy news reporter.

Gregory Bevier
Gregory Bevier

One of the earliest film noirs also happens to be one of the best. This is a very entertaining tale about mobsters facing off with the "one decent cop"

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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