The Racket

  • Film
  • Gangster films
The omens were good. Howard Hughes had produced the silent version of The Racket that sparked Hollywood's gangster cycle. John Cromwell had won his first movie chance with his performance in a Broadway revival of the original play. Mitchum plus Ryan looked a fail-safe powerhouse confrontation. But...Hughes' RKO was slowly running down; Cromwell was under greylist pressure from HUAC; and Mitchum got himself cast as a cop - representing goddam Society, no less! Softer than it should have been, then, but still dark enough to lose yourself in.

Release details

Duration: 89 mins

Cast and crew

Director: John Cromwell
Screenwriter: WR Burnett, William Wister Haines
Cast: William Conrad
Lizabeth Scott
Ray Collins
William Talman
Virginia Huston
Robert Mitchum
Joyce MacKenzie
Robert Ryan
Robert Hutton
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