The Window (1949)
Frequently Asked Questions
The Chicago opening of the hit RKO film, The Window, occurred on Wednesday, May 11, 1949 at the RKO Palace, Randolplh nr. LaSalle. It was the top-half of a double-bill, an ad in the Chicago Tribune reads:
TODAY. . . at 8:45 a.m., The Killers Are Here . . . FOR HIM!----Helpless! Cornered! Trapped by the killers whose crime he witnessed! Doomed as the only one who knew their guilt! Abandoned by everyone who could help him . . . because nobody . . . nobody . . . NOBODY would believe him! Tremble to the icy grip of this boy's hopeless terror in the suspense-shock sensation of the season! RKO presents "The Window" Dore Schary in Charge of Production, starring Barbara Hale, Bobby Driscoll, Arthur Kennedy, Paul Stewart, Ruth Roman . . .
(This film was later sent out to neighborhood theatres beginning Friday, May 27, 1949 . . . )
The bottom-half of the double-bill featured:
Plus! 2nd Big Feature! The Love Secrets of Burlesque's Queens of Quiver! "Ladies of the Chorus," Adele Jergens, Marilyn Monroe, Rand Brooks, Nana Bryant, Eddie Garr, Steven Geray . . . . GIRLS! Win Hollywood Screen Test! Enter RKO Palace "Miss Windy City" Beauty Contest!
The TV premiere happened on Friday, February 17, 1961. An ad, same date, in the Chicago Tribune, reads:
Friday 10:15 PM WBKB 7, TV First! Barbara Hale, Arthur Kennedy, The Window, The Killers Had To Shut His Mouth . . . Before Somebody Believed His Story . . . Jim Moran's Courtesy Motors, 3567 W. Grand Chicago
The TV guide section describes the film thus: 7---Movie. "The Window." Child witnesses a murder, but no one except the murderers believe him. Barbara Hale, Bobby Driscoll, Arthur Kennedy, Paul Stewart, Ruth Roman. Fine thriller.
I'm assuming that in New York and LA the film probably premiered on or about that same date . . .
Chicago Tribune, Tuesday, October 28, 1947, p. 29:
LOOKING AT HOLLYWOOD by Hedda Hopper
Hollywood, Oct. 27--Arthur Kennedy--and not Bill Williams--will play opposite Barbara Hale in "The Window." Paul Stewart plays the heavy. Mel Dinelli did the screen play, which is taken from the story, "The Boy Who Cried Murder." Director Ted Tetzlaff and Producer Fred Ullman Jr. are already in New York, where the entire picture will be made. The film will be given a documentary treatment and 90 per cent of it will be shot on the streets of the big city. . . .
Chicago American, October 1, 1947:
LOUELLA O. PARSONS
Barbara Hale to Appear in Thriller
The young married pair, Bill Williams and Barbara Hale, will be co-starred in "The Window," an original by Mel Dinelli. Mel wrote "The Spiral Staircase," and he wrote many of the "suspense" shows which were the last word in chiller-dillers.
"The Window" is an unusual murder story about a boy who is a notorious liar, and when he looks through a window and actually sees a murder committed nobody believes him. Bobby Driscoll is being tested for the boy role, and the picture, which will be filmed in New York, will be Fred Ullman's first independent production for RKO.
Chicago Tribune, August 7, 1948, p. 13, c. 1:
LOOKING AT HOLLYWOOD
by Hedda Hopper
This Picture a Sleeping Beauty
Bobby Driscoll, the little boy in Walt Disney's "Song of the South," gives a performance in "The Window" that will have your heart doing nip-ups and your nervous system crying for a psychiartrist. He plays a child whose imagination gets him into many difficulties; then when he actualy sees a murder committed, his parents won't believe his story. The murderers nearly get him, and the audiences will be horrified at the lengths to which they go. The picture is a sleeper, but unless I miss my guess, it will be the picture of the week everywhere. Made in New York on a small budget, it was directed by that fine photografer, Ted Tetzlaff, and produced by Frederick Ullman, who used to head RKO's newsreel and shorts department. After seeing the picture, parents will pay more attention to their children's stories and studios may listen more attentively to cameramen who want to direct movies.