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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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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 ...
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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 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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1.20 : 1
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The stage play on which the film was based, "Outside Looking In", was much admired by Charles Chaplin, who saw it several times. On one such occasion his guest was Louise Brooks, who many years later would play the main role in the film version. See more »

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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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Begging your attention...
18 May 2003 | by (Cyberia) – See all my reviews

A really great film. Great action scenes, and yet there are a lot of subtle scenes with nuanced acting. The social themes - child abuse, the desperation of the poor - are quite as relevant today, and make it easy to relate to, especially with the fine acting of Arlen and Brooks. Although the tone is serious, the scenes with Beery introduce an element of broad comedy. Also progressive for its time by having a black character as a respected equal of the others.

The print is in fairly good condition, so this movie would probably gain wider appreciation if someone would write accompanying music specially for it.


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