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Wild Boys of the Road (1933)

Approved  |   |  Adventure, Drama  |  7 October 1933 (USA)
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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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Complete credited cast:
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Edwin Phillips ...
Tommy
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Grace
Dorothy Coonan Wellman ...
Sally (as Dorothy Coonan)
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Ollie
Arthur Hohl ...
Dr. Heckel
Ann Hovey ...
Lola
Minna Gombell ...
Aunt Carrie
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Mr. James Smith
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Mrs. Smith
Robert Barrat ...
Judge R.H. White
Willard Robertson ...
Captain of Detectives
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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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Trivia

Shortly after the film 'Dorothy Coonan' married director William A. Wellman. See more »

Goofs

Sally pandhandles by tap dancing to "42nd Street" in expensive (for her) tap shoes. See more »

Quotes

Edward 'Eddie' Smith: [Walking in and putting $22 on the table after selling his car] Here, Dad.
Mr. James Smith: Wha... ? Where'd this come from?
Edward 'Eddie' Smith: Oh, I sold my car. I was tired of it anyway. You know me - have a thing a little while... get sort of fed up with it.
[Opening the refrigerator]
Edward 'Eddie' Smith: I guess I'm like my cousin Hugo.
[Turning and looking at his father]
Edward 'Eddie' Smith: Hey, you're not sore at me, are you, Pop?
Mr. James Smith: [Gettig up and walking toward Eddie] No matter what you ever do, Edward, you'll never make me feel as proud of you as I have this minute.
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Forty-Second Street
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Music by Harry Warren
Played on harmonica when Tommy and Sally are panhandling in New York
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Not bad at all
17 February 2000 | by See all my reviews

This movie is very atypical of the good-kids-pushed-to-the-brink drama. This film is packed with energy and is a joy to behold. However, the only aspect that doesn't ring true is the WIZARD OF OZ ending wherein everyone gets what they need. Warner Bros. heavies have never been so snuggly. I highly doubt this is how it was in the height of the Great Depression, which is strange for a movie that depicts such realism (and desperation) of the time.


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