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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
Edwin Phillips Edwin Phillips ... Tommy
Rochelle Hudson ... Grace
Dorothy Coonan Wellman ... Sally (as Dorothy Coonan)
Sterling Holloway ... Ollie
Arthur Hohl ... Dr. Heckel
Ann Hovey ... Lola
Minna Gombell ... Aunt Carrie
Grant Mitchell ... Mr. 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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Taglines:

Girls living like boys! Boys living like savages!

Genres:

Adventure | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 October 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Az utca vad kölykei See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

First National Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In the original story both Sally and her aunt were prostitutes, and Sally hanged herself after being ravaged by the brakeman, who was thrown to his death by the boys after trying him in a kangaroo court. See more »

Goofs

Noticably slimmer stunt man for Tommy as he hits his head on the RR sign post and falls on the tracks. 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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Connections

Featured in American Grindhouse (2010) See more »

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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Not bad at all
17 February 2000 | by edgein15See all my reviews

This movie is very atypical of the good-kids-pushed-to-the-brink drama. This film is packed with energy and is a joy to behold. However, the only aspect that doesn't ring true is the WIZARD OF OZ ending wherein everyone gets what they need. Warner Bros. heavies have never been so snuggly. I highly doubt this is how it was in the height of the Great Depression, which is strange for a movie that depicts such realism (and desperation) of the time.


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