The Seattle International Film Festival always has a nice selection of older films to choose from and since, like Jeffrey Anderson, I think it's important for film critics to watch older films so as to have the perspective of what came before, I always try to catch a few. The screening of The Window, a 1949 film noir starring child-star Bobby Driscoll (who those of you who are my age or older may also remember from Disney's Song of the South, the voice of Peter in Disney's animated Peter Pan, and many other roles) as a boy prone to telling tall tales, who finds himself up to his cute little neck in trouble when he's witness to a murder.
The film, directed by Ted Tetzlaff, was shown on a spanking-new 35mm print (courtesy of the Film Noir Foundation), and it looked absolutely gorgeous. It was introduced by film noir expert (and Foundation president) Eddie Muller, who gave us some background. These days, Muller told us, a film like The Window would be hard to make, because the storyline puts a child in such peril. The film was adapted from the story The Boy Who Cried Wolf by noir author Cornell Woolrich (Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window, made five years later and also based on a Cornell Woolrich short story, is basically the same story, only with a wheelchair-bound man instead of a small boy). The Window, Muller informed us, was also the first movie filmed on location in New York City. The film is set in what is supposed to be a blisteringly hot summer; filming actually took place in the winter, and the actors were sprayed with water to give the appearance they were hot and sweaty.