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Boomerang 1947

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The true story of a prosecutor's fight to prove the innocence of a man accused of a notorious murder.

Starring:
Jane Wyatt, Cara Williams
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Runtime 1 hour 28 minutes
Starring Jane Wyatt, Cara Williams, Lee J. Cobb, Dana Andrews, Arthur Kennedy
Director Elia Kazan
Genres Drama
Studio EUREKA ENTERTAINMENT
Rental release 26 May 2014
Main languages English
Hearing impaired subtitles English
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  • Feature parental_guidance
Runtime 1 hour 28 minutes
Starring Jane Wyatt, Cara Williams, Lee J. Cobb, Dana Andrews, Arthur Kennedy
Director Elia Kazan
Genres Drama
Studio EUREKA ENTERTAINMENT
Rental release 26 May 2014
Main languages English
Hearing impaired subtitles English

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*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Boomerang is directed by Elia Kazan, based on a story written by Fulton Oursler (Anthony Abbot), with the screenplay written by Richard Murphy. It stars Dana Andrews, Jane Wyatt, Lee J. Cobb, Arthur Kennedy, Ed Begley & Karl Malden. Plot is based around a true story, a case that even today remains unsolved, where a priest was shot and murdered in Bridgeport, Connecticut in 1924. A vagrant and ex-serviceman (here played by Kennedy) was indicted for the murder. The evidence at first glance seemed solid, but the state attorney (Andrews here) on prosecution duties wasn't convinced and set about deconstructing the evidence. Much to the shock of his superiors and others with vested interests.

Gripping melodrama told in semi-documentary style and filmed on location in Stamford, Connecticut (Kazan was refused permission to actually film in Bridgeport). As a crime story it's as solid as it gets, dripping with realism and filling out the plot with may notable points of reference. Political pressures, police procedural, corruption, unstable witnesses, bitter dames and of course an innocent man on trial for his life (we know the latter since it's based on facts and Kazan lets us in on it early on). It's all in there for a taut, suspenseful and noirishly well told story. The acting is top dollar, both from the leads and an impressive supporting cast. While even tho more time should have been afforded the "dodgy dealings" aspects, it slots into place nicely enough to still leave us splendidly agitated at the no resolution outcome. It's all in the build up and execution. 7/10
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Let's get this straight, moggie. You mistakenly purchased a DVD that your region-coded player can't play. Annoyed that the DVD wasn't an all-region disc (ignoring the fact that most DVDs are regionally coded), you give THE FILM a one-star rating!

That is mind-numbingly absurd!
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Elia Kazan wanted to make socially-realistic drama on stage (on the New York stages in the company of Lee J.Cobb and Arthur Kennedy) and, later on film. He was keen on location filming too, probably being influenced by the neo-realists which brought to his later films like 'On the Waterfront' and 'Panic in the Streets' a great sense of involvement in the action.

The film concerns itself with how politics can get in the way of justice,especially when there seems to be an almost incestuous relationship between the authorities - the politicians - who are elected to run the city and the enforcement arms of the law - the police and the District Attorney. In a democracy,the two should be separate but here,, as in many noirish thrillers, they are enmeshed, with the politicians having undue influence. This forms the background of a police procedural/courtroom drama which begins with the shooting of a priest in the street one evening. Of course, the crime shocked the community and witnesses queue up to give their rendition of what they saw, or, as it turns out later, what they thought they saw. A veteran from the war is' identified' , extradited from Ohio and subjected to an ordeal of interrogation by the Chief of Police (Lee J.Cobb) and his sergeant (Karl Malden) ; it appears that the modern basics (a) of demanding a lawyer (b) pleading the fifth (c) being kept awake for the interrogation in methods akin to the Gestapo were not current at the time. So desperate are the police to get the killer to throw him to the baying hounds of the Press and the corrupt politicians they forget the human right to access justice.

District Attorney Harvey ( Dana Andrews) seems to have an open-and -shut case.
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EXCELLENT! I was quite impressed by this 1947 oldie but goldie "film noir" mixing a criminal investigation with politics. Below, more of my impressions, with some limited SPOILERS.

PRECISION: this is the review of "Fox Film Noir" Region 1 NTSC USA+Canada version. It will NOT play on Region 2 PAL Europe + UK equipement.

This film is based on a real story which happened 4 February 1924 in Bridgegport, Connecticut. That evening a respected priest, Father Dahme, was shot and killed on the street, without any apparent motive. The investigation which followed was a quite dramatic one, but I will not say here more to avoid SPOILERS and I advise you to not research the whole thing before watching the film. In "Boomerang" the events were a little bit amended, but in general lines the film follows the real story.

The film is relatively short (88 minutes) but very well organised and filled with events. It was only the second film Elia Kazan directed, but it is clear that even at that stage he had a great mastery of his trade. All actors did very well but two rise above the crowd - Dana Andrews, who plays Connecticut Attorney General supervising the investigation and Arthur Kennedy, who plays... well, somebody else.

There is a terrible political dilemma in this film. We are told in the beginning that a new administration was recently elected in the state, replacing a corrupt previous government. The terrible murder and the difficult investigation are now being used by the people who lost elections to prepare their comeback to the top of the government - and they are doing a helluva job about it. Which forces the new administration to ask itself a question: "How many angles can we cut in the name of greater good?"...
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