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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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There are no mountains in Columbus, Ohio. See more »

Quotes

Edward 'Eddie' Smith: Go ahead! Put me in a cell. Lock me up! I'm sick of being hungry and cold. Sick of freight trains. Jail can't be any worse than the street. So give it to me!
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Referenced in Lady Killer (1933) See more »

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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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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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