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.
‘Boomerang!’ is one of those thrillers based on real events, presenting a corrupt view of small town America, where politicians seek votes over justice, and might doesn’t always equal right.
With a cast including Dana Andrews, Lee J Cobb, and Arthur Kennedy, the story unfolds when the local priest is shot dead in the street and a wandering hobo is arrested and then grilled for hours until he confesses. Politically he is groomed for conviction, but the DA (Andrews) wants to know more. Meanwhile, political officials seek to let the alleged killer off on account of his being someone who’d served his country.
Corruption is rife both in the courtroom and without, and the viewer is drawn into this complex web not really knowing what the truth is. An interesting twist at the end almost ties things up but leaves some questions still unanswered.
Good performances, tense construction of character and storyline and some fine black and white photography mark this out as a minor classic of its type.
IMDB – Nominated for 1 Oscar
BRRip 720p | MKV | 1280 x 720 | x264 @ 2560 Kbps | 1h 28mn | 1,90 Gb
Audio: English AC3 2.0 @ 192 Kbps + Commentary track | Subs: English (embedded)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | A film by Elia Kazan