This astonishing William Wellman film from mid 1933 is simply a masterpiece of neo realist cinema. Histroy raves about THE BICYCLE THIEVES and THE GRAPES OF WRATH but in 1933 years before those excellent struggle films of social decay and recovery came this absolutely riveting mini epic of hobo teens on freight trains battling every social and climate element to survive. the pristine DVD available now will truly amaze you. Crystal clear camera imagery akin to the magnificent black and white books from Ansell Adams, but as a 1933 film. Along with I WAS A FUGITIVE FROM A CHAIN GANG made a year or so earlier, you could not find a more heart-wrenching and emotionally stirring depiction of the brutal reality and its effect on the human spirit imaginable. These early 30s WB Vitaphone talkies should be hallowed as genuine social pop art of their time and rightly recognized as an irreplaceable depiction of an era and a humanity for film students and anyone studying the 20th century. The scenes aboard the roofs of the freight trains, the magnificent clear sharp black and white photography and the sheer bravery of the production let alone the lives depicted makes WILD BOYS OF THE ROAD one of the most rewarding films of any genre you could imagine discovering. And Frankie Darro! What a magnetic teen star he was.... All thru the 30s and 40s in films like BOY SLAVES and BOWERY BOY films and even ANGELS WITH DIRTY FACES the ideas here were recycled and exploited... but the absolute pinnacle of the genre is this 1933 film WILD BOYS OF THE ROAD.