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It's a (Not so) Tough Racket
Too static, hewing too close to a police procedural to be a full blown hard-boiled film noir, still watchable for hardcore fans of the genre for performances by Mitchum, Ryan, Scott, Conrad. Detractors may harp on wooden and cliched acting that hasn't stood the test of time, and they wouldn't be entirely wrong; however, the uninspired directing doesn't help the cast at all. Impressionistic camera shots and angles, hallmarks of film noir, nearly nonexistant. The use of uncredited directors hints at a possibly troubled production.
Officer Bob Johnson by William Talman
- Wayne Hunter
I have seen William Talman play the role of outlaws but this one preceding that of the D.A. on the Perry Mason T.V. series takes the cake for him. He is one of my favorite actors of all times. He acts as if its not an "act" in every single role I have seen him perform. He is truly missed.
Terrific movie with 2 great Roberts
Entertaining movie that sparkles everytime the fabulous Robert Ryan shows up. Also great performances by Lizabeth Scott and William Conrad.
This feature doesn't miss much; script, direction, cast, screenplay are well put together.
Underrated Film Noir
- Bruce Reber
"The Racket" is a gritty and very underrated film noir that features Robert Mitchum in one of his best performances. I have heard that Howard Hughes, the head of RKO made it to help clean up Mitchum's image after his arrest for Marijuana in 1948; and also that it was inspired by the Kefauver hearings on organized crime that were going on at the time. I watch it whenever it's on TCM. I am a noir fan and think "The Racket" is one of the great films noirs of the 50's.