The Racket (1928 film)

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]

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


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

Preservation statusEdit

Only one copy of the film is known to exist.[5] It was long thought lost before being located in Howard Hughes' film collection after his death.[6] A print was shepherded by Dr. Hart Wegner of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas film department for restoration by Jeffrey Masino, with Two Arabian Knights (1927), another Hughes-produced film. In 2004 and 2006, Turner Classic Movies broadcast The Racket, Two Arabian Knights, and The Mating Call (1928), the first showing of any of the three films in decades.

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


See alsoEdit


  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 May 19, 2019.
  5. ^ The Racket at
  6. ^ The Library of Congress American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog:The Racket

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