The Racket 1951

The Racket

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As one of the only honest cops left in the city, Capt. Thomas McQuigg (Robert Mitchum) has his back against the wall when a large crime syndicate makes its way to his doorstep. After bringing aboard local mobster Nick Scanlon (Robert Ryan), the illegal organization intends to help place corrupt attorney Mortimer X. Welsh (Ray Collins) in a prominent government position. But, if McQuigg can stay alive long enough, he just might be able to bring down the crooks with a key witness (Lizabeth Scott).

Cast & Crew

Robert Mitchum
Capt. Thomas McQuigg
Robert Ryan
Nick Scanlon
William Talman
Officer Bob Johnson
Ray Collins
District Attorney Mortimer X. Welsh
Joyce Mackenzie
Mary McQuigg
Virginia Huston
Lucy Johnson
William Conrad
Det. Sgt. Turk
W. R. Burnett
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Critic Reviews for The Racket

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Audience Reviews for The Racket

  • Aug 02, 2015
    Surprised to see the majority of critics didn't care for this movie. While not flawless, I found the storyline intriguing, some of the acting top-notch and a couple of the action scenes very well filmed. The film is a re-make of a 1920s picture. Howard Hawks, who produced the first version, re-made the film because there were senate committee investigations into organized crime at the time. So, Hawks knew it was the perfect subject matter to exploit. The script could have used another draft but nonetheless the pace moves along, and characters are properly motivated. Robert Mitchum, oddly, doesn't demonstrate the star power we know him for, but I found the rest of the performances - especially Robert Ryan, Lizabeth Scott and William Talman (who would later become famous for his role of the always losing attorney, Hamilton Burger, on TV's Perry Mason). If you haven't seen The Racket and like film noir give this picture a chance. If you're not into it after 20 minutes or so, forget I recommended it.
    Aldo G Super Reviewer
  • Nov 27, 2012
    In New York, corruption has reached all levels under the command of the powerful mobster lord "The Old Man" and the local crime boss Nick Scanlon (Robert Ryan). When the Crime Commission under the command of Chief Investigator Harry Craig (Les Tremayne) meets with governor, the disbelief of the population is almost total. Craig tells that the uncorrupted Captain Thomas McQuigg (Robert Mitchum) was moved to the 7th District Police Station and has the intention to clean his district. The Commission counts on the testimony of Roy Higgins (Howland Chamberlain) but Nick sends one of his men to eliminate him. McQuigg uses his honest Officer Bob Johnson (William Talman) to arrest Nick's brother Joe Scanlon (Brett King) and his lover and singer Irene Hayes (Lizabeth Scott) to press Nick, under the protest of the corrupt District Attorney Mortimer X. Welsh (Ray Collins), who is supported by the mafia to the position of judge on the next elections. When Nick kills Bob, he sees the collapse of his empire and the end of the support of "The Old Man". "The Racket" is a good but dated police story disclosing corruption in all levels of New York City. The ending is extremely commercial, moralist and without credibility, with the subpoenas of Mortimer Welsh and Detective Sergeant Turk and the romance between Irene Hayes and the naive City Press journalist Dave Ames. Robert Ryan is excellent in the role of the violent and old-fashioned criminal, but Robert Mitchum has a bureaucratic performance. Just as a curiosity, the name of the owner of the car used by Joe stamped on the newspaper is William R. Wyler, maybe in a tribute to the great director.
    Bruce B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 05, 2010
    I can't remember this movie very well, it didn't make a big impression on me, it's another cop drama. It's okay, not bad, but not good either.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Apr 24, 2010
    Typical cops & gangsters flick.Nothing special about this 1
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