The Racket (1928) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Racket (1928)




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Movie Info

Based on a controversial autobiographical play by Chicago newspaper reporter Bartlett Cormack, Racket is among the best gangster films and tells an exciting tale filled with bootleggers, government corruption and plenty of violence.


Thomas Meighan
as Capt. McQuigg
Louis Wolheim
as Nick Scarsi
George E. Stone
as Joe Scarsi
Lee Moran
as Pratt
Tony Marlo
as Chick's Chauffeur
Sam De Grasse
as District Attorney
Tony Marlow
as Chick's Chauffeur
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Critic Reviews for The Racket

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (1)

A good story, plus good direction, plus a great cast and minus dumb supervision, is responsible for another great underworld film.

March 26, 2009 | Full Review…

Mr. Meighan, who has recently been counted out as a popular star, gives what is easily the best performance of his career.

October 4, 2021 | Full Review…

A taut underworld drama.

January 31, 2012 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

It's easy to understand how it gripped audiences during the more primitive days of filmmaking.

March 26, 2007 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Produced by Howard Hughes and well-directed by Lewis Milestone, this yarn, about a police officer trying to control the mob, was one of the few crime-gangster films to be nominated for the Best Picture Oscar until the 1970s.

August 7, 2006 | Rating: B | Full Review…

It's effortless entertainment, a good, solid, late silent film.

June 12, 2006 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Racket

One of the earliest film noirs also happens to be one of the best. This is a very entertaining tale about mobsters facing off with the "one decent cop"

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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