Best Movies by Farr

Boomerang

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When a local minister is murdered in a small Connecticut town, a jobless drifter (Kennedy) is brought up on charges and forced to confess. Confronted with conflicting evidence in what first seemed to be an open-and-shut case, District Attorney Henry Harvey (Andrews) tries to prove the man’s innocence and determine who was responsible for the grisly crime. But neither task is going to be easy.

Why we love it

Kazan’s nail-biting “Boomerang” is based on a true-life unsolved case about the shocking slaying of a Connecticut pastor, and it’s one of the earliest instances of the director shooting in a semi-documentary newsreel style. Dana Andrews has a star turn, playing a hard-nosed DA fighting an uphill battle for justice, while Jane Wyatt, Lee J. Cobb, Ed Begley Sr. and Kazan regular Karl Malden expertly fill out the smaller roles. Superb acting, a decidedly noirish atmosphere, and gritty location photography make Kazan’s “Boomerang” worth retrieving.

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BEST MOVIES BY FARR is your personal guide to great movies to rent, stream, or buy; to watch at home or on-the-go. Led by film advocate John Farr, the Best Movies by Farr team works as a "quality filter" for the discerning moviegoer. Every day, we bring you the best of the best, the fantastic familiar films and hidden gems, to answer that age-old question: "What should we watch tonight?"