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Boomerang! (1947)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 28 April 1947 (Sweden)
The true story of a prosecutor's fight to prove the innocence of a man accused of a notorious murder.

Director:

Elia Kazan

Writers:

Richard Murphy (screenplay), Fulton Oursler (based upon an article published in The Reader's Digest December, 1945) (as Anthony Abbot)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Dana Andrews ... Henry L. Harvey
Jane Wyatt ... Madge Harvey
Lee J. Cobb ... Chief Harold F. Robinson
Cara Williams ... Irene Nelson
Arthur Kennedy ... John Waldron
Sam Levene ... Dave Woods
Taylor Holmes ... T.M. Wade
Robert Keith ... 'Mac' McCreery
Ed Begley ... Paul Harris
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 April 1947 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

The Perfect Case See more »

Filming Locations:

Connecticut, USA See more »

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Budget:

$1,140,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The only non-Best Picture nominee for the year to be nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay. See more »

Quotes

[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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America, the Beautiful
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Music by Samuel A. Ward
Played during the opening sequence and at the end
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who killed the town priest?
16 November 2008 | by didi-5See 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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