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The Window(1949)

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The working title of this film was The Boy Cried Murder. The film opens with the following written quotation from Aesop's Fables: "The boy cried 'wolf' 'wolf' several times and each time the people came to help him they found that there wasn't any 'wolf.'" The Window was producer Frederic Ullman, Jr.'s last film; he died on December 29, 1948, before its release. Prior to making The Window, Ullman was president of RKO-Path in New York and was in charge of RKO's This Is America series of documentary shorts. RKO borrowed Bobby Driscoll from Walt Disney's company for the production. Although the CBCS lists Lee Kass as a reporter in the film, and Tex Swan as a milkman, those parts were not included in the final film.
       Contemporary news items add the following information about the production: Most of the picture was shot in the newly constructed RKO-Path Studios in Harlem, New York City, and in abandoned tenements on 105th and 116th Streets. To comply with I.A.T.S.E regulations, which forbid the use of a Hollywood cinematographer when more than two-thirds of a picture is shot in New York, RKO hired William Steiner as director of photography while filming there. In mid-December 1947, the production moved to RKO's Los Angeles studios, where six new cast members and a new crew completed the picture. Robert de Grasse photographed the Los Angeles footage. Many reviewers referred to The Window, which modern sources claim cost $210,000 to make, as a "sleeper," and praised the picture for its suspenseful realism. Driscoll won a special Oscar as "Outstanding Juvenile Actor of 1949," an award given largely for his performance in this film. In 1966, Philip N. Krasne produced The Boy Cried Murder, a British version of Cornell Woolrich's short story, starring Veronica Hurst and Phil Brown and directed by George Breakston (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1961-70; F6.0528). The Window was remade again in 1984 as Cloak & Dagger, directed by Richard Franklin and starring Henry Thomas.