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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.

Director:

William A. Wellman

Writers:

Earl Baldwin (screenplay), Daniel Ahern (story "Desperate Youth") (as Daniel Ahearn)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Frankie Darro ... Eddie Smith
Edwin Phillips Edwin Phillips ... Tommy Gordon
Rochelle Hudson ... Grace
Dorothy Coonan Wellman ... Sally (as Dorothy Coonan)
Sterling Holloway ... Ollie
Arthur Hohl ... Dr. Henry A. Heckel
Ann Hovey ... Lola
Minna Gombell ... Aunt Carrie
Grant Mitchell ... James Smith
Claire McDowell ... Mrs. Smith
Robert Barrat ... Judge R.H. White
Willard Robertson ... Captain of Detectives
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Storyline

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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SENSATIONAL! TERRIFYING!! SHOCKING!!! Girls Living Like Boys- Boys Living Like Savages! (Print Ad- Buffalo Courier-Express, ((Buffalo NY)) 30 December 1933) See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 October 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the National Film Registry in December 2013. See more »

Goofs

Eddie calls the junkyard man (Charley Grapewin) Mr Cadmuss. Credits list him as Mr Cadman. 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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Soundtracks

Shadow Waltz
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played in the dark at the school dance
Also whistled by Frankie Darro outside the movie theater box office
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This is a REALISTIC FILM!
17 October 2004 | by whpratt1See all my reviews

This is truly a very great Classic Film about how living conditions were for the very young and old. It clearly shows how the Depression Years effected everyone in America and were very bad times for people of all races. Mothers and Fathers were unable to support their families and children had to go on their own, or run away and find some sort of child labor. Frankie Darro,"Saratoga",'37 and Dorothy Coonan Wellman,(Sally). gave great performances eating sandwiches on a flatbed railroad car and headed to Chicago. Sally had an aunt who lived in Chicago and when she arrived, she was greeted with a huge cake to share with her friends. However, her aunt seemed very successful and greeted her with open arms, but her apartment was soon raided, as she was a HOOKER! This is a sad film, but tells the truth about the growing pains in America!


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