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The Racket (1928) is an American silent 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 was distributed by Paramount Pictures. It was adapted from Cormack’s 1927 Broadway play The Racket.

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.

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.