Boomerang! [1947]

08Feb12 – 7 – Boomerang! (Elia Kazan: 1947)
I’d never even heard of BOOMERANG! (1947) before stumbling across it on Youtube tonight, but I’m glad I did. Elia Kazan shoots what is essentially an overly explicit radio drama about a real life unsolved murder in a Connecticut town in quasi-documentary style and at a consistent, almost relentlessly brisk pace. I found it exhilarating. And it would be hard to assemble a better cast for the material than this: most of the faces are familiar (Ed Begley makes his film debut here), and everyone is good in that late ’40s noir way, but Lee J. Cobb really stands out. If there’s a letdown it’s the ending: there are some hastily tied together loose ends, a quick voice over, and the movie stops. 7/10. [2/7/12]

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