Never knowing who the big man was always bothered me about The Racket. Also, I'm not so sure about Lizabeth Scott's sexual orientation based on what some rag published.Twenty Plus Two (TCM app) 196. David Janssen plays an heir hunter who gets involved in an old kidnap mystery (plus murder, blackmail, rape of minors, beautiful Jeanne Crain and Dina Merrill) and a great scene with Agnes Moorehead. William Demarest shows up as well.
The Racket (TCM) 1951. The remake of the silent Milestone classic, also produced by Howard Hughes. So a tommie means a tomboy or code for lizzie? I could have sworn it was short for tomato. Did the screenwriter know in advance that Scott had been cast and that she was already an outed tommie? Or are we reading too much into this slang word? Still a good film. But could Ryan be so stupid knowing full well how the machine would rub out potential canaries? And what happened to his brother, that weasel? And to the big man himself? Where was the Production Code when we needed it?