The Racket

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The Racket (1928) is an American crime film directed by Lewis Milestone and starring Thomas Meighan, Marie Prevost, Louis Wolheim, and George E. Stone. The film was produced by Howard Hughes and written by Bartlett Cormack and Tom Miranda. It was distributed by Paramount Pictures.



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 is one of the first films nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture (then called "Best Picture, Production") in 1929.

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 "lost" 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.


External links

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