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Racket, The (1951)

A big national crime syndicate moves into town, partnering with local crime boss Nick Scanlon (Robert Ryan). There are two problems: 1) Nick is the violent type, preferring to do things the old-fashioned way instead of using the syndicate’s more persuasive methods. 2) Captain Thomas McQuigg (Robert Mitchum), the only honest police captain on the force and his loyal rookie patrolman, Johnson (William Talman).

In grand movie tradition, McQuigg and Scanlon came from the same background but went in different directions

McQuigg and Johnson take on the violent Nick and try to foil the syndicate’s plans to elect DA Mortimer Welsh (Ray Collins), the crooked prosecutor running for a crooked judgeship.

Lizabeth Scott plays Irene Hayes, a nightclub singer mixed up with Nick’s clean younger brother Joe (Brett King).

Howard Hughes’ RKO studio was not trying for a blockbuster here, just a good B movie suitable for twin bills. In that, they succeeded.

Captain Thomas McQuigg
Robert Mitchum
Irene Hayes
Lizabeth Scott
Nick Scanlon
Robert Ryan
Officer Bob Johnson
William Talman
DA Mortimer X. Welsh
Ray Collins
Mary McQuigg
Joyce Mackenzie
Dave Ames
Robert Hutton
Lucy Johnson
Virginia Huston
Detective Sgt. Turk
William Conrad
Precinct Sgt. Jim Delaney
Walter Sande
Chief Investigator Harry Craig
Les Tremayne
R.G. Connolly
Don Porter
Booking Sgt. Sullivan
Walter Baldwin
Joe Scanlon
Brett King
Breeze Enright
Richard Karlan

Director
John Cromwell