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Beggars of Life (1928)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Drama | 22 September 1928 (USA)
After killing her treacherous step-father, a girl tries to escape the country with a young vagabond. She dresses as a boy, they hop freight trains, quarrel with a group of hobos, and steal ... See full summary »

Director:

William A. Wellman

Writers:

Benjamin Glazer (adaptation), Jim Tully (book)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Wallace Beery ... Oklahoma Red
Louise Brooks ... The Girl - Nancy
Richard Arlen ... The Boy - Jim
Blue Washington ... Black Mose (as Edgar Washington Blue)
Kewpie Morgan ... Skinny (as H.A. Morgan)
Andy Clark ... Skelly
Mike Donlin ... Bill
Roscoe Karns ... Lame Hoppy
Bob Perry Bob Perry ... The Arkansaw Snake (as Robert Perry)
Johnnie Morris Johnnie Morris ... Rubin
George Kotsonaros George Kotsonaros ... Baldy
Jack Chapin Jack Chapin ... Ukie (as Jacques Chapin)
Robert Brower ... Blind Sims
Frank Brownlee ... Farmer
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Storyline

After killing her treacherous step-father, a girl tries to escape the country with a young vagabond. She dresses as a boy, they hop freight trains, quarrel with a group of hobos, and steal a car in their attempt to escape the police, and reach Canada. Written by Kevin Coughlin <starmist@buffnet.net>

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Alone in the jungles of Hobehemia. A girl fleeing her past. a boy heading for a new life. danger, drama, thrills, romance. into the haunts of the homeless they come to find what they want in the realm of dream seekers. (Print Ad- Interlaken Review, ((Interlaken, NY)) 8 February 1929) See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 September 1928 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mendigos da Vida See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono (MovieTone) (talking sequences and musical score)| Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

Thanks to a few lines of dialog being added to the music/special effects track (similar to Warners' The Jazz Singer (1927)), this was Paramount's first feature with spoken words. The studio's first all-talking feature, Interference (1928), would be released at the end of 1928. Wallace Beery's bawdy song as he walks down the street was shot post-production and became Paramount's first-ever dialogue. Neither director William A. Wellman nor producer David O. Selznick liked the idea. See more »

Quotes

The Boy: [title card]
  • And if there's a gal in my the gang, she's my gal.

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Crazy Credits

On the movie's title card the order of the star cast names is as follows: Wallace Beery, Richard Arlen, Louise Brooks. In the cast list the order is: Wallace Beery, Louise Brooks, Richard Arlen. See more »

Connections

References The Sheik (1921) See more »

Soundtracks

Beggars of Life
Music by Karl Hajos
Lyrics by J. Keirn Brennan
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Begging your attention...
18 May 2003 | by Prof_LostiswitzSee all my reviews

A really great film. Great action scenes, and yet there are a lot of subtle scenes with nuanced acting. The social themes - child abuse, the desperation of the poor - are quite as relevant today, and make it easy to relate to, especially with the fine acting of Arlen and Brooks. Although the tone is serious, the scenes with Beery introduce an element of broad comedy. Also progressive for its time by having a black character as a respected equal of the others.

The print is in fairly good condition, so this movie would probably gain wider appreciation if someone would write accompanying music specially for it.


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