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Wild Boys of the Road (1933)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama | 7 October 1933 (USA)
In the depths of the Depression, two teenage boys strike out on their own in order to help their struggling parents and find life on the road tougher than expected.

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At the bottom of the depression, Tom's mother has been out of work for months when Ed's father loses his job. Not to burden their parents, the two high school sophomore's decide to hop the freights and look for work. Wherever they go, there are many other kids just like them, so Tom, Ed and now Sally stick together. They camp in places like 'Sewer City' as long as they can until the local authorities run them off. They travel all over the mid west and when they get to New York, Ed thinks that they may finally find work. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Girls living like boys! Boys living like savages!

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Selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the National Film Registry in December 2013. See more »

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Tommy Gordon: Shucks, what do I care about an old leg? Just think, from now on, when i get a pair of new shoes, I'll only have to break in one of them.
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The Gold Diggers' Song (We're in the Money)
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Music by Harry Warren
Played after the kids leave the dance
Also whistled by Frankie Darro
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Riveting Depression-era social drama
28 June 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Wild Boys of the Road" released by First National/Warner Brothers Pictures in 1933, is a harrowing story of a group of teens who hit the road in Depression-ridden America. It is 1933, and the whole country is mired in poverty, with millions losing their jobs. There was no social safety net just yet -- no unemployment insurance, no food stamps, etc. When you lost your job, you had nothing. Actors Frankie Darro and Edwin Phillips shine in this story of two teens who are forced to hit the road when both their families lose their jobs. They feel with one less mouth to feed, their families will be better off. Both of them hop the railroad cars, seemingly to nowhere, and soon are joined by many others doing the same thing. There is a charming girl (Dorothy Coonan) disguising herself as a boy. She is tough because she has to be to survive. Soon they are joined by hundreds of others. They live in squalid camps, fight the police, and scrounge daily just to feed themselves. All of the actors are good ones, and the living conditions are not prettied up. This is where Warner Brothers as a studio showed realism where other studios felt most Americans just wanted glamor to escape their troubles. The ending of the film is a bit unrealistic, as a sympathetic judge decides not to incarcerate the teens after they ran from the police and racked up charges (not likely!). But, this is still a gem of a film, and it never really seemed to get the recognition it deserved. William A. Wellman, the master director, gave us this and many other wonderful films.


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