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Boomerang! (1947)

Approved  |   |  Crime, Drama, Film-Noir  |  28 April 1947 (Sweden)
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The true story of a prosecutor's fight to prove the innocence of a man accused of a notorious murder.

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(screenplay), (based upon an article published in The Reader's Digest December, 1945) (as Anthony Abbot)
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This dramatization of a factual incident opens in a quiet Connecticut town where a kindly priest is murdered while waiting at a street corner. The citizens are horrified and demand action from the police. All of the witnesses identify John Waldron, a nervous out-of-towner, as the killer. Although Waldron vehemently denies the crime, no one will believe him. District Attorney Henry Harvey is then put on the case and faces political opposition in his attempt to prove Waldron's innocence. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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28 April 1947 (Sweden)  »

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$1,140,000 (estimated)
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Playwright Arthur Miller is the tall suspect in the line-up. He was close to director Elia Kazan who would two years later direct Miller's "Death of a Salesman" on Broadway. For the play, Kazan plucked Boomerang's Lee J. Cobb to play Willy Loman, and for his son Biff, Arthur Kennedy. See more »

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Chief Harold F. 'Robbie' Robinson: [to Harvey] I never did like 'politicians.'
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who killed the town priest?
16 November 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

'Boomerang!' is one of those thrillers based on real events, presenting a corrupt view of small town America, where politicians seek votes over justice, and might doesn't always equal right.

With a cast including Dana Andrews, Lee J Cobb, and Arthur Kennedy, the story unfolds when the local priest is shot dead in the street and a wandering hobo is arrested and then grilled for hours until he confesses. Politically he is groomed for conviction, but the DA (Andrews) wants to know more. Meanwhile, political officials seek to let the alleged killer off on account of his being someone who'd served his country.

Corruption is rife both in the courtroom and without, and the viewer is drawn into this complex web not really knowing what the truth is. An interesting twist at the end almost ties things up but leaves some questions still unanswered.

Good performances, tense construction of character and storyline and some fine black and white photography mark this out as a minor classic of its type.


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