The Racket
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The Racket was based on a play by Bartlett Cormack, first filmed as a silent in 1928. The storyline was updated to include references to Estes Kefauver's Senate Crime Investigating Committee: otherwise, the plot (and much of the dialogue) was lifted bodily from the Cormack play. Racketeer Robert Ryan has managed to get several government and law-enforcement higher-ups in his pocket. But Ryan can't touch the incorruptible police officer Robert Mitchum, who refuses all attempts at bribery. Ryan pulls strings to get Mitchum transferred to a series of undesirable precincts, but Mitchum… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 20%

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"Softer than it should have been, then, but still dark enough to lose yourself in."
‑ , Time Out
"A typical gangster film."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"As for the film's observations on crooks and poltics, they are so generalized and familiar that this is just a case of one more time around."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"[A] hard-hitting melodrama."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
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