One day during the production of Dead End (1937), William Wyler's screen adaptation of Sidney Kingsley's play about New York slums, Goldwyn Pictures chief Samuel Goldwyn dropped by to see how things were going. "Why is everything so dirty here?" he asked, gazing around the tenement-street set with obvious distaste. "Because it's supposed to be a slum, Sam," Wyler replied. "Well," Goldwyn grumbled, "this slum cost a lot of money. It should look better than any ordinary slum!"