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Boy Slaves (1939)

Approved | | Drama | 2 February 1939 (USA)
A runaway follows the leader of a gang of boys, and they all wind up working in a turpentine camp.

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A runaway follows the leader of a gang of boys, and they all wind up working in a turpentine camp.

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SOLD - Human Beings, In This Modern Age, Actually Sold Into Slavery!

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2 February 1939 (USA)  »

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Saints Without Wings  »

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(R.C.A. Victor System)

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Final film of Fred Kohler. See more »

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As Jesse approaches the rich boy to help him, the boy is on his hands and knees, whereas the next (closer) shot shows him flat out on the ground. See more »

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References Tarzan the Ape Man (1932) See more »

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Great expose revealing exploitation of delinquents in labor-camp/reform school.
10 January 1999 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

This is a horrific expose of child-labor conditions that existed early in the 20th Century. The film illustrates the harsh "youth-offender" penalties and unchecked institutions that sought to remediate/exploit these wayward youths up to that time. Also evident are the practices of "Company Stores" in "Company Towns" with use of fear and coercion. The performances are somewhat dated but somehow communicate the sincerity of the intended message.


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