The Racket (1951)

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In New York, two honest cops try to hinder a crime syndicate from moving into the precinct and also to prevent the mob's plan of electing a corrupt prosecutor to a judgeship.




  • Robert Mitchum and Lizabeth Scott in The Racket (1951)
  • The Racket (1951)
  • Robert Mitchum in The Racket (1951)
  • Virginia Huston and William Talman in The Racket (1951)
  • Robert Ryan and Lizabeth Scott in The Racket (1951)
  • Robert Mitchum and Lizabeth Scott in The Racket (1951)

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3 October 2006 | edwagreen
| Racket-No Foul Ball Here ***
Entertaining film with politics, crime and corruption the main themes here.

Robert Mitchum plays a dedicated, righteous policeman who heads a unit of officers. He is as honest as 24 hours in a day. He takes pride in such officers as Bill Talman, a young cop gunned down in police headquarters by the usually evil Robert Ryan. Without the insanity of his earlier crime driven roles, Ryan comes across as the embodiment of evil.

Ray Collins steals the show as a worm of a prosecuting attorney up to his neck in corruption. It is interesting to note that both Collins and Talman went on to TV careers in "Perry Mason."

Lizabeth Scott, as a lounge singer, caught up in the mayhem, tries hard to please but she does not evoke the emotion needed for her role.

To say that the ending is justified is more than right.

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