The Racket (1951)

 


 

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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 <[email protected]>

Captain Thomas McQuigg is an honest cop who wants to keep the rackets out of his precinct. The problem is that a national crime syndicate has moved into the city and is being fronted by a local hood, Nick Scanlon. After Scanlon tries to kill him, McQuigg and one of his patrolmen, Bob Johnson, decide to make an arrest that will stick, despite all of the corruption around them. They arrest Scanlon\’s brother in an attempt to smoke out Nick who will stop at nothing to set him free.

Written by
garykmcd

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. When the Crime Commission under the command of Chief Investigator Harry Craig meets with governor, the disbelief of the population is almost total. Craig tells that the uncorrupted Captain Thomas McQuigg 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 but Nick sends one of his men to eliminate him. McQuigg uses his honest Officer Bob Johnson to arrest Nick\’s brother Joe Scanlon and his lover and singer Irene Hayes to press Nick, under the protest of the corrupt District Attorney Mortimer X. Welsh, 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”.

Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Genre: Crime,Film-Noir,Drama

The Racket (1951)
   
Release Date: 12 December 1951 (USA)
Country: USA
Director: John Cromwell

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Cast:
  • Robert Mitchum
  • Lizabeth Scott
  • Robert Ryan
  • William Talman
  • Ray Collins
  • Joyce Mackenzie
  • Robert Hutton
  • Virginia Huston
  • William Conrad
  • Walter Sande
  • Les Tremayne
  • Don Porter
  • Walter Baldwin
  • Brett King
  • Richard Karlan


8 Responses to The Racket (1951)

  1. homeimp
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    I did not understand William Conrad’s role in this film. He seemed to have a foot in every camp. He was accepted by the new "cleaner" mob as represented by Don Porter. He seemed to be on good terms with the villain, Robert Ryan, but also was in with the police led by Mitchum. Exactly where did his allegiance lie? Why did he shoot Ryan at the end? What exactly were his motives? It appeared he wanted Ryan dead at the behest of Porter’s character, but at one point he seemed to be a kind of double agent working for the good guys. Was this ever made clear? I wold appreciate anyone’s assistance.

  2. famalberts
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    A crime thriller, 12 in a dozen, Okay, but why a Film-Noir?

  3. schappe1
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    Robert Bice plays the police dispatcher here- he appears several times on Perry Mason as "Falkner", one of Drake’s operatives.

  4. schappe1
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    Among the rich dose of noted character actors in this film are William Talman and Ray Collins, who, 6 years later would be Perry Mason twin nemeses in Perry Mason, (actually he turned out to be theirs).

    What’s interesting is that their roles here are switched. Collins is the district attorney and the younger Tallman is the cop. I wonder if that would have worked in the TV show.

  5. barjo4
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    Where did this expression for women used by Robert Ryan come from? He kept referring to Lizabeth Scott as a "Tommy."

  6. Anonymous
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  7. Tashtago
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    The commentary on the DVD version of this movie by Edmund Muller is some of the best I’ve ever heard. Irreverent and a times very very funny. If for nothing else this is worth the rental price.

  8. dorrity
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    Can anyone tell me where the final shot in this movie was filmed? There is nothing posted on the "filming location" on IMDB. Thank you.

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