The Racket

The Racket

John Cromwell (1951)

A Certificate


Our Score
In this tough crime drama, Robert Mitchum plays an honest but hard-boiled cop who goes up against a gangster (Robert Ryan) who has leading politicians in his pocket. Despite being made by RKO for peanuts, the film has some decent action scenes and car chases, and co-directors John Cromwell and Nicholas Ray lace the rather hackneyed story with a welcome dash of political cynicism. RKO was owned at the time by Howard Hughes and this is a remake of a 1928 film that Hughes produced.


An incorruptible police officer vows to put a stop to the nefarious activities of a powerful mobster who has bought the silence of many government officials and other cops. The crime boss uses his contacts to rig the appointment of a judge, but in his fight against him, the honest cop finds an ally in a singer with Mob connections. Drama, starring Robert Mitchum, Robert Ryan and Lizabeth Scott.

Cast & Crew

Captain McQuigg Robert Mitchum
Irene Lizabeth Scott
Nick Scanlon Robert Ryan
Johnson William Talman
Welch Ray Collins
Mary McQuigg Joyce MacKenzie
Ames Robert Hutton
Lucy Johnson Virginia Huston
Turck William Conrad
Director John Cromwell
Director Nicholas Ray
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: R.K.O. Radio Pictures LtdAvailable on: DVD