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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.



(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 <>

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You saw it made! Now enjoy it on the screen! Stamford's own picture. (Stamford, Connecticut local newspaper ads). See more »


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28 April 1947 (Sweden)  »

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$1,140,000 (estimated)

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1.37 : 1
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Film debut of Ed Begley See more »


[Camera close-up on an open book]: The primary duty of a lawyer exercising the office of public prosecutor is not to convict, but to see that justice is done. -The Lawyers' Code of Ethics.
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Opening credits listed in the form of pages of a book See more »


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America, the Beautiful
Music by Samuel A. Ward
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Tense, taut and terrific in semi-documentary style...
16 June 2005 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

The young ARTHUR KENNEDY was one of our best dramatic actors and proves it in BOOMERANG! by giving a realistic punch to his performance as an innocent man caught in a murder trap. The only man who can save him is attorney DANA ANDREWS, who does a fine job of pointing out weaknesses in the case and destroying the false witnesses.

One of the best of its kind, it's done in brisk, documentary style popular in the early forties. Well worth viewing, beautifully directed and acted by a fine cast.

Jane Wyatt does a nice job, as does Ed Begley and Sam Levene. Based on a true incident, the murder of a popular parish priest in Connecticut, the film is powerful in its demonstration of our justice system and how it sometimes works, but sometimes fails because of behind the scenes dishonesty related to political shenanigans.

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