The Racket

Synopsis: The big national crime syndicate has moved into town, partnering up with local crime boss Nick Scanlon. There are only two problems: First, Nick is the violent type, preferring to do things the old-fashioned way instead of using the syndicate's more genteel methods. The second problem is McQuigg, the only honest police captain on the force, and his loyal patrolman, Johnson. Together, they take on the violent Nick and try to foil the syndicate's plans to elect Welch, the crooked prosecutor running for a crooked judgeship.
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Get your morning paper. Read all about it.

Get your morning paper.

Crime commission gonna clean things up.

Sure. Sure.

Get your morning paper.

Get your morning paper. Read all about it. | Get your morning paper. Read all about it.

Read all about it in the paper. | Get your morning paper. Read all about it.

- Governor, Mr. Craig has arrived. | - Have him come in.

Governor, we need your help.

It's no longer a question | of dealing with local crime.

The big syndicate, national in scope,

has already moved into our city | and is starting to operate.

Governor, this is our chief investigator, | Harry Craig.

- How do you do, Craig? | - How do you do, sir?

- Sit down. | - Thank you.

Let's have the dirt.

Go ahead, Harry.

Well, Governor, I don't suppose | you've seen all the morning papers.

I see we made the headlines.

- What's really happening? | - Big stuff.

I'd like to begin by calling your attention | to a small item buried in the back.

It says that Police Captain Tom McQuigg, | has been transferred again,

- this time to Precinct 7. | - Yes.

Captain McQuigg is an honest, | hard-hitting, able police official.

- Not a black mark on his record. | - Proving what?

Official corruption is helping | promote crime.

McQuigg is an honest cop, | therefore an enemy.

Therefore he gets pushed around.

- Who does the pushing? | - The men the underworld elect.

- You have proof? | - We're working on it.

First, there's Nick Scanlon, | the old boss of the rackets.

He's operated in our city for years. | He calls it "his" city.

But now he's part of a big syndicate.

A very smooth, a very big-time operation.

The syndicate, as I explained to you, | Governor,

is run by a man, very powerful, | but unknown,

referred to only as the "old man."

This syndicate hopes to operate | unchecked, as a vast monopoly,

controlling all gambling, all vice, | all rackets

and the millions of dollars that entails.

Thousands of which are to be used | for purposes of bribery.

Right now they've got the assistant state's | attorney in their pocket.

- Mortimer Welsh. | - They're running him for judge.

Once he gets on the bench...

Serious charges, Craig. | You have to prove them.

We need the power of subpoena.

And above all, Governor, our biggest need

is to break our evidence | just before the election

in order to stop this barefaced steal | of the city.

Gentlemen, let me say this. | I'm with you to the finish.

I'll take up the matter of subpoenas | at once.

But in regard to all the rest, | I must have proof, absolute proof!

Give it to me, and you have my word | I'll go with you all the way down the line.

How about the rest of you gentlemen?

Have you anything to add?

- No, Governor. | - That's it, Governor.

All right. Thank you very much.

- How's Nick this morning? | - Kind of restless.

- When did you get in? | - Last night.

- What's Durko doing here? | - Back working for Nick.

You know how burned Nick was | when they sent him up.

- Did the old man spring him? | - No. Nick.

Here we go again.

Listen, Mannick, | did Nick seem to be okay today?

- Outside of being restless? | - Yeah, I guess so.

All right, here's the score card.

That guy, Higgins, | that guy the old man was grooming,

spilled to the crime commission.

- I just got the tip. | - Wow!

Yeah, straight. And it's a cinch | Nick don't know about it yet...

- Where's Tony? | - Just about due, Nick.

- What are you guys cooking up? | - How do you mean, Nick?

We got to think of something.

Nick's going to blow his top | when he hears about Higgins,

now that he's got that old torpedo back.

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William Wister Haines

William Wister Haines (September 17, 1908 – November 18, 1989) was an American author, screenwriter, and playwright. His most notable work, Command Decision, was published as a novel, play, and screenplay following World War II. more…

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