The Racket

The Racket

DVD - 2006
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A straight-arrow cop and an old-school gangster find a common foe: big shots who run crime like a corporation.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Distributed by Warner Home Video, c2006
Edition: Standard version
ISBN: 9781419826566
1419826565
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (89 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in

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akirakato
May 26, 2015

This is a 1951 film noir directed by John Cromwell.
It is a remake of the 1928 film "The Racket," which is based on the Bartlett Cormack play.
Although it is a nice bad-guy-and-good-guy story, the film lacks such fascianting and thrilling elements as Hitchcock might have created.

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voisjoe1_0
May 15, 2015

Robert Mitchum plays a police detective trying to help smash the "crime syndicate" of which Robert Ryan is the top underling that we get to see. Ryan is quite good as a psychopath who keeps himself in control for most of the film. In just a few years two of the support actors (Ray Collins and William Talman) would get support roles for many years on the Perry Mason TV show.

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lukasevansherman
Sep 04, 2014

A solid, if second rate, film noir/cop thriller from 1951. Like the superior "Force of Evil" it deal with organized crime and institutionalized corruption. The story is conventional and the direction so-so (John Cromwell), but it's totally worth it because two bad asses, Robert Mitchum and Robert Ryan, square off against each other. Some better film noir entries with them (individually): "Out of the Past," "The Set-Up," "Night of the Hunter," "Angel Face," "House of Bamboo."

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Fuzzy_Wuzzy
Aug 16, 2014

When it comes to dead-seriousness, I thought this 1951 Crime/Thriller's take on that was absolutely priceless. In fact, I got such an enjoyable kick out of The Racket's poker-faced story-line that I sat through it twice.

Containing a nice mix of snappy, mean-mouthed dialogue, aggressive shoving around, and unexpected day-time shootings, The Racket certainly seemed to have all the right elements required to carry it through (without much disappointment) to its inevitable "crime-doesn't-pay" ending.

When it came to the likes of the 2 Roberts (that's Mitchum as the no-nonsense cop, Capt. Tom McQuigg, and Ryan as the nasty villain, Nick Scanlon), I thought that these 2 bad-boys of crime-cinema filled their respective roles as comfortably as a pair of well-fitting gloves.

My one beef about this picture comes down to The Racket's token femme fatale and lounge singer, Irene Hayes. Played by the tone-deaf Lizabeth Scott, man, when this cheap canary performed her big number at the Paradise Club, I absolutely cringed at her utter lack of talent.

Even though Irene did, indeed, get slapped around and royally insulted, once or twice, it didn't come anywhere near close enough to what I thought she actually deserved.

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Monolith
Aug 13, 2012

This one is scattered... kinda bland, doesn't pack a wallop. Two or three pre-"Perry Mason"-ites, a younger, thinner (not by much) "Cannon", and the two big guns -- The one and only Mr. "Ah, who gives a damn" Mitchum, and tough guy Robert Ryan, who cracked me up as he beat the tar out of everybody AND his brother, (literally), with added unintentionally comical smacking sound effects. A decent noir, just not a mind blowing noir.

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Janice21383
Sep 07, 2011

Nothing quite works here, yet it might easily have been a classic. Ryan busts a gut in a role he is not suited for (an old-school gangster??) and Scott does the femme fatale thing double strength. Meanwhile, Mitchum just hangs around being Mitchum. And none of them are helped by the director, or by the producer, Howard Hughes.

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Fuzzy_Wuzzy
Aug 16, 2014

"Give a man enough rope."

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Fuzzy_Wuzzy
Aug 16, 2014

"Stay out of my hood."

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Fuzzy_Wuzzy
Aug 16, 2014

"OK. Let's have the dirt!"

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Monolith
Aug 13, 2012

Captain Thomas McQuigg (hands over a picture of gangster Nick Scanlon's brother Joe): "He'll probably be at The Paradise Club watching Irene Hayes." Officer Bob Johnson: "Yes sir." Captain Thomas McQuigg: "Pick him up. Quietly." Officer Bob Johnson: "What's the charge, sir?" Captain Thomas McQuigg: "Oh... vagrancy." Officer Bob Johnson: "Yes sir." Captain Thomas McQuigg: "If he resists, there's a city ordinance against expectorating on the public pavement." Officer Bob Johnson: "...That includes expectorating... broken teeth, sir?" Captain Thomas McQuigg: "Oh yes, that's very unsanitary."

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