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WILLIAM TALMAN MAKING 'THE RACKET' WITH ROBERT MITCHUM

The Racket Year: 1951 stars: Robert Mitchum Rating: ***1/2
While primarily focusing on the two leads, Robert Mitchum as a determined cop, McQuigg, and Robert Ryan as criminal kingpin Nick Scanlon (in cahoots with crooked politician Ray Collins), it's William Talman's heroic yet idealistically naïve , knee-jerk newbie police officer, ready to take on all things villainous, that really drives things along...

Bookending the literally explosive middle is an involving buildup, as nothing can touch Robert Ryan and his old-school way of running things. Then, during the last half, he realizes his particular kind of shady doesn't quite work in the world of ever-growing politics. But he's not going down easy, and it takes Mitchum's slowburn patience to wear him down. Throw in sexy Lizbeth Scott as the dame caught in the middle and you really have something kinda neat here.
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