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After killing her treacherous step-father, a girl tries to escape the country with a young vagabond. She dresses as a boy, they hop freight trains, quarrel with a group of hobos, and steal ... See full summary »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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The Girl (Nancy)
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The Boy (Jim)
Blue Washington ...
Black Mose (as Edgar Washington Blue)
Kewpie Morgan ...
Skinny (as H.A. Morgan)
Andy Clark ...
Skelly
Mike Donlin ...
Bill
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Lame Hoppy
Bob Perry ...
The Arkansaw Snake (as Robert Perry)
Johnnie Morris ...
Rubin
George Kotsonaros ...
Baldy
Jack Chapin ...
Ukie (as Jacques Chapin)
Robert Brower ...
Blind Sims
Frank Brownlee ...
Farmer
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Storyline

After killing her treacherous step-father, a girl tries to escape the country with a young vagabond. She dresses as a boy, they hop freight trains, quarrel with a group of hobos, and steal a car in their attempt to escape the police, and reach Canada. Written by Kevin Coughlin <starmist@buffnet.net>

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22 September 1928 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mendigos da Vida  »

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During the filming of the scene in which Nancy runs alongside of and boards the moving train, no stunt double was employed. Louise Brooks actually performed the stunt. See more »

Quotes

The Boy: [title card]
  • And if there's a gal in my the gang, she's my gal.



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References The Sheik (1921) See more »

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Luminous Brooks shines in her best "serious" American film role
4 January 1999 | by (Fargo, North Dakota) – See all my reviews

While she is known primarily for her work for G.W. Pabst in the German films Pandora's Box and Diary of a Lost Girl, Louise Brooks is phenomenal in William Wellman's movie of a young girl on the run after she murders her sexually abusive guardian. The opening scene, in which the murder takes place, is gorgeously imagistic and ranks (for me) as one of the most indelible moments in all of cinema. Richard Arlen and Wallace Beery are very good in their roles, but the movie belongs to Brooks, whose ability to underplay in the silent era -- when mugging and exaggeration were more the rule than the exception -- makes her seem ultra-contemporary. It is little wonder Brooks has such resonance with modern audiences.


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