The Racket
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This solid gangster flick from director Lewis Milestone was based on a stage play and earned a Best Picture nomination at the Academy Awards. Louis Wolheim stars as Nick Scarsi, a tough-guy bootlegger with political connections that enrage a local police captain, McQuigg (Thomas Meighan). In order to get rid of his enemy, Nick use his influence to get McQuigg transferred to an out-of-the-way duty post, which only further inflames the determined cop's animosity. In the meantime, Nick's brother Joe (George Stone) is about to get himself in trouble with a beautiful singer, Helen (Marie… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A good story, plus good direction, plus a great cast and minus dumb supervision, is responsible for another great underworld film."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"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."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"A taut underworld drama."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"It's effortless entertainment, a good, solid, late silent film."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
"It's easy to understand how it gripped audiences during the more primitive days of filmmaking."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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