The Racket
The Racket (1928)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: June 30, 1928
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Variety Staff

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

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Emanuel Levy

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.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

A taut underworld drama.

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Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
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It's effortless entertainment, a good, solid, late silent film.

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

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John Ballantine
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… More