Boomerang (1947): Not Noir

Boomerang (1947)

Boomerang, an early movie from director, Elia Kazan, is famous for its then innovative quasi-documentary style. Based on a true story, it is a sharp and well-acted film where a small-town DA in a novel reversal of role determines the innocence of a troubled WW2 vet wrongly charged with murder. The movie feels dated but the story of integrity in the face of political corruption and police expediency remains strong.

How others have classified this picture as a noir has me stumped. Yes, the accused is a war veteran struggling to catch up in the “parade of life” after 5 years in the army, but this is peripheral and does not a film noir make.

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