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The Racket (1928 film)

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The Racket
The Racket film poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byLewis Milestone
Written by
Produced byHoward Hughes
CinematographyTony Gaudio
Edited byEddie Adams
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • November 1, 1928 (1928-11-01)
Running time
84 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)

The Racket is a 1928 American silent crime drama film directed by Lewis Milestone and starring Thomas Meighan, Marie Prevost, Louis Wolheim, and George E. Stone. The film was produced by Howard Hughes, written by Bartlett Cormack and Tom Miranda, and was distributed by Paramount Pictures.[1] It was adapted from Cormack's 1927 Broadway play The Racket.[2]


Due to the controversial portrayal of a corrupt police force and city government, both the film and the play were banned at the time in Chicago.[3]



The Racket poster
The Racket poster

The Racket is one of the films nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture (then called Outstanding Picture) in the 1929 Academy Awards.[4]

On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 100 percent based on 6 critics, with an average rating of 7.50 out of 10.[5]

Variety wrote "A good story, plus good direction, plus a great cast and minus dumb supervision, is responsible for another great underworld film".[6]


Only one copy of the film was known to exist.[7] It was long thought lost before being located in Howard Hughes' film collection after his death.[8] The Racket was preserved by the Academy Film Archive in 2016.[9]


The Howard Hughes-owned RKO studios remade The Racket in 1951 with Robert Mitchum and Robert Ryan in the lead roles.

See also


  1. ^ The AFI Catalog of Feature Films:The Racket
  2. ^ The Racket play produced on Broadway at the Ambassador Theatre, November 1927-March 1928;
  3. ^ The Racket at Turner Classic Movies, by Brian Cady
  4. ^ "The 1st Academy Awards (1929) Nominees and Winners". Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. Retrieved October 14, 2021.
  5. ^ "The Racket (1928)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved October 14, 2021.
  6. ^ "The Racket". Variety. December 31, 1927.
  7. ^ The Racket at Retrieved October 14, 2021.
  8. ^ The Library of Congress American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog:The Racket Retrieved October 14, 2021.
  9. ^ "Preserved Projects". Academy Film Archive. Retrieved October 14, 2021.

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