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Boomerang! (1947)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 1947 (UK)
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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As "Boomerang!" happened in life - So "Boomerang!" comes to the screen - Real! True! Authentic! (Newspaper ads). See more »

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Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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The Perfect Case  »

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$1,140,000 (estimated)
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Zanuck considered Lee J. Cobb for the part of Dave Woods, then later as Harris. John Hodiak and John Ireland were considered for the role of Chief Robinson, which went to Lee J. Cobb. Walter Huston, Fredric March and Joseph Cotten were considered to play Henry Harvey. Frank Latimore was considered to play John Waldron. John Payne and Margo Woode were considered for the leads. See more »

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Off-Screen Narrator: ...But his everyday work was with the people of his parish, and especially with those who sought his advice and counsel. Since he was a man of God, his labors sometimes led him into the strains and secret places of mens' souls. He was just and forgiving, but he was also a man, and a stern and uncompromising judge of character.
Father George A. Lambert: [Speaking to an anguished-looking middle-aged man] Stop that! Even if I wanted to forgive you, I... I couldn't. It's out of my hands.
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Father George A. Lambert: Jim, you're a sick man.
Jim Crossman - Killer: But ...
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Politics and Murder
18 July 2015 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In Connecticut, a well-known priest is murdered by a man on the street and flees. The politicians and the police are pressed by the society to find the killer, but the Chief of Police Harold F. "Robbie" Robinson (Lee J. Cobb) has no clue despite the witnesses. When the former soldier John Waldron (Arthur Kennedy) that has fought in the World War II is captured in another town, the witnesses identify him as the killer and he is forced by Robbie and his men to sign the confession of murder. The he claims innocence, but everybody believes he is the killer. However the righteous State's Attorney Henry L. Harvey (Dana Andrews) finds inconsistent evidences and decides to investigate against the opposition of the politics and the society.

"Boomerang !" is a film based on a true story about the morality and honesty of a State Attorny that risks his career to prove that a man is innocent and scape goat of a political situation. The plot is engaging and holds the attention of the viewer. It is beautiful to see the story of men like the lead character that faces the Powers That Be to keep his ethic and principles. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "O Justiceiro" ("The Righteous Man")


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