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Boomerang! Reviews

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December 5, 2015
1947! I remember watching this scene at Casier Elementary School, the pastor gunned down next to street light. Don't remember anything else, but never forgot that. (1947) "A prosecutor begins to doubt his own case against a vagrant accused of murdering a clergyman in cold blood.
Dana Andrews, Jane Wyatt, Lee J. Cobb, Elia Kazan" = from a tv guide description.
May 5, 2015
From the producer of "The March of Time" comes this police procedural cum courtroom drama cum righteous social justice proclamation, directed by Elia Kazan. Kazan famously named names to McCarthy's HUAC, so he knew a thing or two about moral decision-making and the stresses upon it. But here in the mid-to-late '40s, he can't make up his mind about whether we the people need to be protected from the government (corrupt) or the mob (able to be galvanized to hate). Indeed, it falls to local District Attorney Dana Andrews to choose whether to indict a possibly innocent man (for the murder of a beloved priest) and score political points that might put him in the governor's office or to do the right thing by him. Richard Murphy's Oscar-nominated screenplay succeeds in showing the political context surrounding the work of both the police and the D. A.'s office and heaps as much pressure as possible on Andrews (who is good at showing this kind of stress - see his work in Fritz Lang's films). Lee J. Cobb glowers in support and Arthur Kennedy is good as the accused. This all leads to a theatrical and very sudden conclusion that makes you feel better about justice than you should be feeling given the state of the world in 2015.
½ November 21, 2014
a very good1947 film noir on the justce system and politics it makes you wonder but honesty and justice did prevail and a honest man was not sent to the electric chair.
½ September 27, 2014
Bolstered by early signs of Kazan's masterful direction, but lacking in the first-rate performances he brought out of his later, better casts. Dana Andrews does what he can with the stark, straight-forward material, but the already-short film overstays its welcome by at least ten minutes.
April 30, 2014
Really good noir based on real life events. Dana Andrews shines as the young state attorney.
½ March 10, 2013
A mix of noir, mystery and courtroom drama that works out surprisingly well. Dana Andrews puts in a great performance, and the addition of Lee J Cobb only brings it up to another level.
½ November 30, 2012
Interesting drama about a state district attorney who is assigned to prosecute a fellow for murder, but has his doubts about it. Problem is, is that there's a lot of politics involved, and he may want to keep his mouth shut. It takes a while to get going, but once we're in the courts. it becomes engrossing. Dana Andrews is fine as always.
½ September 16, 2012
Very watchable mix of documentary and film noir. Although a bit too slow and stagnant for the first 30 minutes or so, Boomerang! makes it worth focusing on the story, as it very quickly becomes a tense and compelling show. In the aftermath of a brutal murder, one man is being prosecuted for a crime every person in town thinks he committed. An all odds are against him. Yet one man, a young and ambitious attorney Henry, tries to prove that actually all the clues and witnesses' confessions aren't reliable and the truth is far from the public's biased opinion. Detailed and interesting look at the whole process of uncovering a mysterious murder case - and in it a very harsh interrogation scene. The over-talked courtroom scene adds up to the suspense. Not Ella Kazan's best, but worth the time.
½ July 27, 2012
good noir from the first cycle
July 5, 2012
Thursday, May 13, 2010

(1947) Boomerang!


Based on a true story involving a "murder" with people around right at the beginning starring Dana Andrews who does his best to prove one of the culprits captured by the police is really innocent. This film was quite effective during it's time because of it's problems within the justice system. The film would've never have worked without the strong presence of Dana Andrews.

3 out 4
June 14, 2011
Tense, taut and terrific in semi-documentary style...
½ January 6, 2011
An interesting docu-noir with a compelling central mystery and great supporting turns from Cobb and an uncredited Karl Malden.
Super Reviewer
½ October 24, 2010
A great cast and story, it's really dramatic and exciting, I loved it.
October 6, 2010
Very good noirish courtroom drama with some very top notch performances from Dana Andrews and Arthur Kennedy as well as good one from Lee J Cobb. Kazan's direction is, as always, at its best. Very well written Oscar nominated script and some really swell high contrast b&w cinematography. Definitely worth a look. A good movie. 8/10
½ July 1, 2010
A pretty good docudrama from Elia Kazan that covers a lot of territory. Police procedural, courtroom drama, political corruption, mob mentality, sensationalist journalism. It manages to juggle the personal stories (mostly revolving around Dana Andrews as a state attorney) and the big picture admirably, and the ensemble performances are all solid, including Lee J. Cobb, Arthur Kennedy, Sam Levene, Ed Begley and Karl Malden. The film doesn't have a whole lot of oomph to it, but it's very watchable.
½ April 7, 2010
Elia Kazan directs great films. This one mixes whodunnit, with courtroom drama and almost documentary styles of filmmaking. A bit dull on the odd occasion, this is generally very interesting.
½ January 24, 2010
A crime noir about political corruption and its influence on the police based on a factual incident in which a minister was shot dead in the street. The film is a bit boring, relying too much on its effort at realism effected through heavy voice-over narration about the locale and real footage from Stamford, Connecticut. Good acting and production otherwise, though.
Super Reviewer
½ October 24, 2009
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.
Super Reviewer
October 13, 2009
Worth watching at least once
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