Boomerang!

1947, Drama, 1h 28m

21 Reviews 500+ Ratings

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Connecticut prosecutor Henry Harvey (Dana Andrews), faced with a political maelstrom in the wake of the shooting death of a Catholic priest on a city street corner, feels tremendous pressure to prosecute a vagrant ex-soldier whom Police Chief Robinson (Lee J. Cobb) apprehended in connection with the crime. After the vagrant confesses, it looks to be an open and shut case, but Harvey remains unconvinced and chooses to risk his career in order to discover the truth.

Cast & Crew

Dana Andrews
State's Atty. Henry L. Harvey
Jane Wyatt
Madge Harvey
Lee J. Cobb
Chief Harold F. "Robbie" Robinson
Arthur Kennedy
John Waldron
Cara Williams
Irene Nelson
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Audience Reviews for Boomerang!

  • Apr 14, 2021
    Elia Kazan directs this dark and cynical bit of cinematic propaganda from the noir alley with only a light touch of societal loathing. A popular priest in a small town gets popped...now what? Every maggot from the right side of town shows up to lay claim on the body - each for their own purposes, all sure to underline that theirs is the proper motive. Identifying the good from the bad becomes the exercise of the day. I don't care for Dana Andrews usually but in this instance he does quite well as the District Attorney. A "sit down and eat your vegetables!" kind of film.
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  • Sep 05, 2010
    A great cast and story, it's really dramatic and exciting, I loved it.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Oct 13, 2009
    Worth watching at least once
    Brody M Super Reviewer
  • May 23, 2009
    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 S Super Reviewer

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