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Girls of the Road (1940)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Crime | 24 July 1940 (USA)
A story of the great-depression era about women hobos, tramps, job-seekers, fugitives and runaways running from or toward something as they hitch-hiked their way across the United States, ... See full summary »

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(original screenplay) (as Robert D. Andrews)
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Mickey
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Ellie
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Jerry
Marjorie Cooley ...
Irene
Mary Field ...
Mae
Mary Booth ...
Edna
Madelon Grayson ...
Annie
Grace Lenard ...
Stella
Evelyn Young ...
Sadie
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Officer Sullavan
Eddie Laughton ...
Footsy
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Gov. Warren (as Howard Hickman)
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A story of the great-depression era about women hobos, tramps, job-seekers, fugitives and runaways running from or toward something as they hitch-hiked their way across the United States, dodging the police, do-gooders, lustful men and pursuing-husbands in a bad mood. One of them is a killer, another is a girl hitch-hiking to her wedding in order to afford a wedding gown, and there is also the Governor's daughter who crusades on their behalf, while hitch-hiking along with them. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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"I'm ELLY!...I'm boss of the 'Jungle" and I'll smack any dame startin' trouble!" (original poster) See more »


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24 July 1940 (USA)  »

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Estrada Perigosa  »

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Though the "girls of the road" are supposed to be broke, sleeping outdoors and living on the thin edge of starvation, they all have perfectly permed hair and plucked eyebrows. See more »

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Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
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Written by Wallis Willis
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Great fun! Another rarity from Columbia Pictures.
9 October 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Once again, Turner Classic Movies has rescued another rough-cut gem from obscurity in the musty vaults of Hollywood! TCM has changed my life by showing the classics that most of us never even knew existed. And "Girls of the Road" is definitely in that category.

Okay, so it's not "Gone With the Wind," but it's a classic even so. I've never seen anything quite like it. It's about female hobos from the Depression, running from the cops, fighting each other, living the vida loca al camino! Only in this subculture, all the women are young, beautiful and "good on the inside." Closest thing to this story I've seen is the "women in prison" movie genre of the period. There's a social-reform angle to it, as there was in many of the women in prison films. Remember, this was 1940--the Production Code ruled Hollywood. It was not possible to depict any vagrants or criminals in a positive light, at least not until they received a moral makeover.

Watch it for entertainment, though, not for any particular message. Such as it was, the message was about as substantive as a mouthful of cotton candy. The stars had some funny lines, almost all were good looking, and life didn't look so bad at the end. What more can you ask for?


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