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Boomerang! (1947)

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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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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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As "Boomerang!" happened in life - So "Boomerang!" comes to the screen - Real! True! Authentic! (Newspaper ads). See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 April 1947 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Bumerang 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

Film debut of Frank Overton. See more »

Goofs

When Harvey is offered a sandwich by his wife, he never takes a bite. The reason is obvious, as the sandwich had become so stale during the various takes that when he drops it you can hear the sound when it hits the plate. See more »

Quotes

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 strange and secret places of men's souls. He was just and forgiving, but he was also a man, and a stern and uncompromising judge of character.
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[pause]
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[...]
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Opening credits are listed in the form of pages of a book. See more »

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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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A Primer For Prosecutors
23 November 2008 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The names are changed and updated, the story takes place post World War II instead of World War I. But Boomerang is the story of how the man who eventually became United States Attorney General, Homer Cummings, used his prosecutorial office to prove the INNOCENCE of an arrested murder suspect. How often do you see that happen?

In fact Boomerang is a primer for those people who wonder how the Supreme Court under Earl Warren could render such decisions as Escobedo and Miranda which set a few ground rules about interrogating a suspect. Today poor Arthur Kennedy who plays the veteran accused of murdering a priest in cold blood might have lawyered up and never given the confession in the first place.

Under a different name Cummings is played by Dana Andrews with Jane Wyatt as his wife. Lee J. Cobb and Karl Malden play the investigating police detectives who do a thorough job and apparently have gotten their man. What the crime consisted of was person unknown in the evening hours on one of the town's main streets firing a pistol into the back of the head of a popular clergyman in the town. Several witnesses do see it, but none are close enough to really be sure.

One witness nearly sinks Kennedy, but when Andrews questions Kennedy before the trial and he tells her that waitress Cara Williams is mad because he dumped her, that sets Andrews thinking about his case. His examination of her on the stand is devastating.

The film was directed by Elia Kazan who got the New York Film Critic's Award for this and his work on Gentleman's Agreement. This was a banner year obviously for Mr. Kazan. Boomerang got one Oscar nomination for Best Screenplay for Richard Murphy.

After over 60 years Boomerang holds up very well and should be required viewing for those attorneys who wish to become prosecutors. It ain't all about another notch in the belt.


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