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The Racket (1928 film)

The Racket
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Lewis Milestone
Produced by Howard Hughes
Written by Bartlett Cormack
Tom Miranda
Starring Thomas Meighan
Marie Prevost
Louis Wolheim
Cinematography Tony Gaudio
Edited by Eddie Adams
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release dates
  • November 1, 1928 (1928-11-01)
Running time 84 minutes
Country United States
Language silent film
English intertitles

The Racket (Howard Hughes, written by Bartlett Cormack and Tom Miranda, and was distributed by Paramount Pictures. It was adapted from Cormack's 1927 Broadway play The Racket.


  • Background 1
  • Reception 2
  • Preservation status 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


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.[1]


The Racket poster.

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

Preservation status

Only one copy of the film is known to exist.[2] It was long thought lost before being located in Howard Hughes' film collection after his death. A print was shepherded by Dr. Hart Wegner of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas film department for restoration by Jeffrey Masino, along with another Hughes-produced film, Two Arabian Knights (1927). 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.

See also


  1. ^ at Turner Classic Movies, by Brian CadyThe Racket
  2. ^ at silentera.comThe Racket

External links

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