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The Racket Details


The Racket was based on a play by Bartlett Cormack, first filmed as a silent in 1928. The storyline was updated to include references to Estes Kefauver's Senate Crime Investigating Committee: otherwise, the plot (and much of the dialogue) was lifted bodily from the Cormack play. Racketeer Robert Ryan has managed to get several government and law-enforcement higher-ups in his pocket. But Ryan can't touch the incorruptible police officer Robert Mitchum, who refuses all attempts at bribery. Ryan pulls strings to get Mitchum transferred to a series of undesirable precincts, but Mitchum will not be dissuaded. The battle of wills between cop and criminal comes to a head when mob-connected nightclub singer Lizabeth Scott turns on her former protector Ryan. The Broadway version of The Racket starred Edward G. Robinson as the racketeer; the 1928 film version featured Louis Wolheim in the Robinson role and Thomas Meighan as the upright cop. Both the silent and sound versions of the property were personally produced by Howard R. Hughes. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Robert Mitchum
as Capt. Thomas McQuigg
Lizabeth Scott
as Irene Hayes
Robert Ryan
as Nick Scanlon
William Talman
as Johnson
Ray Collins
as Welch
Joyce MacKenzie
as Mary McQuigg
Robert Hutton
as Ames
Virginia Huston
as Lucy Johnson
William Conrad
as Turck
Walter Sande
as Delaney
Les Tremayne
as Harry Craig
Tito Vuolo
as Tony
Bud Wolfe
as Detective
Jane Easton
as Operator
Pat Flaherty
as Clerk
Jack Shea
as Sergeant
Art Dupuis
as Policeman
Sally Yarnell
as Operator
Milburn Stone
as Foster
Al Murphy
as Newsboy
George Sherwood
as Douglas
Eddie Parker
as Thug
Eric Alden
as Sergeant
Howard Joslin
as Sgt. Werker
Mike Lally
as Sergeant
Bret Hamilton
Allen Mathews
as Man
Jack Gargan
as Lewis
Miles Shepard
Barry Brooks
as Cameron
Harry Lauter
as Police Officer Mosley
Ralph Peters
as Davis
Donald Dillaway
as Harris
Don Porter
as Connolly
Harriet Matthews
as Librarian
Joey Ray
as Reporter
Ralph Montgomery
as Man
Duke Taylor
as Policeman
Hazel Keener
as Secretary
Matthew Boulton
as Simpson
Richard Karlan
as Enright
Herb Vigran
as Headwaiter
Max Wagner
as Durko
Robert Bice
Don Beddoe
as Mitchell
Iris Adrian
as Sadie
Dulce Daye


John Cromwell
Nicholas Ray
Edmund Grainger
Bartlett Cormack
Play Author
Paul Sawtell
Composer (Music Score)
Roy Webb
Composer (Music Score)
Constantin Bakaleinikoff
Composer (Music Score)
Constantin Bakaleinikoff
Musical Direction/Supervision
Harold Adamson
Jimmy McHugh
Sherman Todd
Jack Okey
Art Director
Albert S. D'Agostino
Art Director
Darrell Silvera
Set Designer
Michael Woulfe
Costume Designer
Mel Burns
Costume Designer
Clem Portman
Sound/Sound Designer
Frank McWhorter
Sound/Sound Designer
Mel Burns