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Boomerang! (1947)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 28 April 1947 (Sweden)
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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You saw it made! Now enjoy it on the screen! Stamford's own picture. (Stamford, Connecticut local newspaper ads). See more »


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 April 1947 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

The Perfect Case See more »

Filming Locations:

Connecticut, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,140,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The film's cast includes two Oscar winners, Ed Begley and Karl Malden, and four Oscar nominees, Arthur Kennedy, Cara Williams, Arthur Miller, and Lee J. Cobb. See more »

Goofs

The accused was apprehended in Ohio and extradited to Connecticut. According to the Uniform Criminal Extradition Act, the following must occur for extradition to proceed, (1) A valid arrest warrant issued by the demanding state, (2) A request from the Executive Authority of the demanding state (typically the Governor), (3) A judicial hearing in the state having custody of the wanted person. Yet in this case the accused did not even know why he was being held after extradition to Connecticut. See more »

Quotes

Harry O'Shea - Public Defender: It's been a pleasure meeting you, Mr. Wade.
T. M. Wade: I know.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits are listed in the form of pages of a book. See more »

Connections

Featured in The 71st Annual Academy Awards (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

America, the Beautiful
(uncredited)
Music by Samuel A. Ward
Played during the opening sequence and at the end
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Politics and Murder
18 July 2015 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In Connecticut, a well-known priest is murdered by a man on the street and flees. The politicians and the police are pressed by the society to find the killer, but the Chief of Police Harold F. "Robbie" Robinson (Lee J. Cobb) has no clue despite the witnesses. When the former soldier John Waldron (Arthur Kennedy) that has fought in the World War II is captured in another town, the witnesses identify him as the killer and he is forced by Robbie and his men to sign the confession of murder. The he claims innocence, but everybody believes he is the killer. However the righteous State's Attorney Henry L. Harvey (Dana Andrews) finds inconsistent evidences and decides to investigate against the opposition of the politics and the society.

"Boomerang !" is a film based on a true story about the morality and honesty of a State Attorny that risks his career to prove that a man is innocent and scape goat of a political situation. The plot is engaging and holds the attention of the viewer. It is beautiful to see the story of men like the lead character that faces the Powers That Be to keep his ethic and principles. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "O Justiceiro" ("The Righteous Man")


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