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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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The daring story of todays forgotten youth. (Print Ad- Wray Rattler, ((Wray, Colo.)) 4 January 1934) See more »

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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 »

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Mary Wiggins and Harvey Parry doubled Dorothy Coonan and Frankie Darro. See more »

Goofs

Sally's piece of cake jumps from the plate into her hands between shots. See more »

Quotes

Edward 'Eddie' Smith: [Discovering that Sally is a girl] He's a she!
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References Footlight Parade (1933) See more »

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Pettin' in the Park
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Music by Harry Warren
Played when Eddie rolls the car back
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Nice Spare Storytelling
3 February 2004 | by rsyungSee all my reviews

`Wild Boys of the Road' is another fine example of the spare storytelling prevalent in the 1930's-- before egos, the demise of double features and the birth of multiplexes conspired to inflate movie running times to over two hours. Wearing its heart on its sleeve at times, Wellman nevertheless creates a story in true Warner Bros fashion--grim reality washed down with a dose of social commentary. One wonders if the rosy ending was considered necessary because of the age of the protagonists involved. Downbeat endings were certainly in evidence during that time from Warners: as the denouement of `Public Enemy' will bear witness. As the young tramps ride the rails, Wellman infuses the scenes with such energy and dynamism as to render them almost euphoric, despite the somber subject matter. As a veteran flyer from World War I, he seemed especially adept at combining humans we care about with dangerous, hurtling machines. And pre-code shocks abound-in addition to the implied rape and dismemberment, it seems apparent that young Sally's aunt, in Chicago, has established a business of dubious respectability in her own home, just before the kids fly the coop to avoid a police raid. Striking location photography.


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