This is a 1947 film noir directed by Elia Kazan, based on the true story of a vagrant who was accused of murder, only to be found innocent through the efforts of the prosecutor.
The actual murder took place in Bridgeport, Connecticut in 1924.
While walking near the Lyric Theatre in downtown Bridgeport, the Rev. Hubert Dahme ("Father George Lambert" in the film) was fatally shot behind the left ear by a gun fired at close range.
A vagrant and discharged soldier, Harold Israel ("John Waldron" in the film), was indicted for the murder.
Israel confessed to the crime, and a .32 revolver was found in his possession that police believe was used in the murder.
State's attorney Homer Cummings (named "Henry Harvey" in the film) conducted a thorough investigation and found Israel innocent of the crime.
Cummings later became Attorney General of the United States under Franklin D. Roosevelt.
It is clearly one of the best docudramas.
The release of this film on DVD has been the subject of contentious copyright / licensing rights debates. The DVD's were recalled shortly after they were issued. Before they were to be distributed some copies were "accidentally" released from the warehouse. While a rare internet seller may offer a copy, it is considered to be OOP. If these legal issues have not been resolved, borrowing this DVD from the library may be the only opportunity you have to enjoy this excellent film.
A top shelf noir based on fact from the great Elia Kazan. Excellent cast, including one of my favorites, the ever-grumbling Lee J. Cobb, and Dana Andrews as the conscience driven D.A.
I don't know about you, but my wife and I like to watch movies based on a true story. According to what I have read, "Boomerang" is pretty close on the actual facts. The cast is all star group including Dana Andrews, Lee J. Cobb, Jane Wyatt, and Ed Begley. Now I hate to ruin a good movie by giving out plot information or wet yet, the ending. "Boomerang" is directed by Elia Kasan who is responsible for many fine films. You might just find this moving surprising engrossing as it moves along. You will find yourself picking sides and hoping your side wins. I hope you don't read too much about the film. It only ruins part of your enjoyment because you are already aware of what to expect. Ruins the element of surprise and figuring things out ourselves. Enjoy the movie and thanks for reading the above!
PS: This is another buried treasure because KCLS only has 2 copies with 3 holds on them as of today August 1, 2014. If you do have to wait, I think you will find it worth your effort.
Dana Andrews is great as the DA who performs his duty the way it was intended and choosing not to take the easy way out. Ed Begley literally looks like the rat that he is, in the story. Well directed by Elia Kazan. Based on a true story, so the ending can't be attributed to a Hollywood happy ending.
On a quiet, September evening, while on a stroll downtown, a well-respected pastor, in an average Connecticut town, is shot straight through the head as several witnesses look on._____ The killer manages to escape, which sets into motion a massive, state-wide manhunt. This frenzied investigation inevitably turns into a literal political football where accusing fingers are pointing in every direction when, after nearly a month of non-stop interrogations, the police finally succeed in getting their man (or, do they?)._____ Libellous threats, calculated corruption, and attempted blackmail all rear their ugly, little heads in this gripping Suspense/Thriller from 1947 whose events were actually based on fact._____ Filmed in b&w, Boomerang was impressively directed by Elia Kazan who later went on to direct other such notable films as - A Streetcar Named Desire and On The Waterfront.
Small-town corruption. All-star cast, including shifty-eyed Arthur Kennedy and splendidly venal Ed Begley. I have no idea of what the title means. SPOILER: virtue triumphs and all, but this film made me very sad. On the commentary track, they say Dana Andrews did his very long courtroom scenes from memory after studying the script briefly. Yet by the end of his career, he was reduced to cue cards, his memory destroyed by alcohol and possibly Alzheimers disease.
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