The Racket (1928 film)

  • Thomas Meighan: Police Captain James McQuigg
  • Louis Wolheim Nick Scarsi
  • Marie Prevost: Helen Hayes
  • G. Pat Collins: Patrolman Johnson
  • Henry Sedley: Spike Corcoran
  • George E. Stone: Joe Scarsi
  • Sam De Grasse: District Attorney Harry Welch
  • Richard " Skeets " Gallagher: Reporter Miller
  • Lee Moran: Reporter Pratt
  • John Darrow: Reporter Ames
  • Lucien Prival: Chick
  • Dan Wolheim: Sergeant Turck

The Racket is an American crime and gangster film by Lewis Milestone in 1928. Silent film is considered to be representative of the earlier film noir.


The honest police officer Captain McQuigg becomes an implacable rival of the mighty black trader Nick Scarsi, although its investigations this can blame anything because Scarsi and his organization corrupt police and judges control. As Scarsi McQuigg can not be intimidated, this is set in a quiet police station in a suburb.

McQuigg continues its struggle continued through a "war of words" with the help of some newspaper reporters. The battle comes to a head younger than Scarsis brother Joe because of a hit and run offense in McQuiggs area is arrested and this a complex plan sets in motion to bring the band to case. McQuigg used and in addition to reporters also a nightclub singer, the upcoming elections and ultimately Scarsis own organization.


In the first Oscar ceremony in 1929, the film was nominated in the category of best film, but lost to the war film Wings by William A. Wellman.


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