Boomerang! (1947) - Rotten Tomatoes

Boomerang! (1947)




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Movie Info

This chilling film noir focuses on the murder of a priest, the subsequent arrest and trial of a jobless drifter, and the efforts of young state's attorney Henry Harvey to uncover the truth. The story was closely based on the actual 1924 murder of Fr. Hubert Dahme in Bridgeport, Connecticut.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Richard Murphy, Richard Murphy
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 6, 2006
20th Century Fox Film Corporation


Dana Andrews
as Henry L. Harvey
Jane Wyatt
as Madge Harvey
Lee J Cobb
as Harold F. 'Robbie' R...
Arthur Kennedy
as John Waldron
Cara Williams
as Irene Nelson
Wryley Birch
as Fr. Lambert
Robert Keith
as McCreery
Barry Kelley
as Sgt. Dugan
Richard Garrick
as Mr. Rogers
Karl Malden
as Lt. White
Wyrley Birch
as Fr. Lambert
John Stearns
as Rev. Gardiner
Guy Thomajan
as Cartucci
Lucia Backus Seger
as Mrs. Lukash
Dudley Sadler
as Dr. Rainsford
Walter Greaza
as Mayor Swayze
Helen Hatch
as Miss Manion
Joe Kazan
as Mr. Lukash
Ida McGuire
as Miss Roberts
John Carmody
as Callahan
Clay Clement
as Judge Tate
Bert Freed
as Herron
Royal Beal
as Johnson
Anna Minot
as Secretary
Leona Roberts
as Mrs. Crossman
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Critic Reviews for Boomerang!

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (4)

Gripping, real-life melodrama, told in semi-documentary style.

Full Review… | November 1, 2007
Top Critic

The unemphatic presentation of details, the use of locations, and strong performances from a largely non-professional supporting cast, lend the film authenticity and power.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Movie-makers should positively remember that a public story is a public trust.

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

This 1947 film is limited in scope and feeling, but the superficial dramatics work well enough.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Dull, vague retelling of true crime benefits from good cast and location shooting.

Full Review… | November 28, 2015
Classic Film and Television

Though not one of Kazan's best films, Boomerang is perfectly watchable.

Full Review… | April 26, 2011

Audience Reviews for Boomerang!


Filmed on location in my current hometown - Stamford CT - yay! Good buildup about political shenanigans related to the prosecution of a mysterious murder in small town America is ultimately spoiled by a by third act courtroom scene where all is miraculously revealed. A compelling mix of documentary and noir styles in this early effort by Elia Kazan.

Bob Stinson

Super Reviewer


A great cast and story, it's really dramatic and exciting, I loved it.

Aj V

Super Reviewer


I'm teetering between 3 and 3 1/2 stars. I liked the essence more than I liked the premise of this politically motivated courtroom drama. Dana Andrews and Lee J Cobb are superb, as always, but the narration and structure is a little too heavy-handed for my taste.

Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

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