The Boy Who Cried Wolf was the umbrella title bestowed upon the fourth of Edison's Conquest Pictures features, each of which consisted of a group of diverse short subjects bundled together into a single program. The title referred to the program's two-reel "main attraction," a Boy Scout yarn written by Richard Harding Davis. Other highlights of this ersatz "feature film" were the 1,000-foot The Story of Plymouth Rock, the 400-foot scientific subject Crystals and Their Beauties, the sports reel Skylarking on Skis, and the WWI documentary The Making of the Hundred Ton Gun. The most amusing element of this package was the animated cartoon Farmer Alfalfa's Wayward Pup, originally released separately on March 4, 1917. This last-named subject was among the first cartoons produced by animation pioneer Paul Terry, who after several years' association with Bray, Edison, Van Beuren, and Pathe, opened his own Terrytoons studio in 1929.
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