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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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A Glimpse of the Ways of the Wanderer (Print Ad- Cohoes American, ((Cohoes, NY)) 13 October 1928) 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

The stage play on which the film was based, "Outside Looking In", was much admired by Charles Chaplin, who saw it several times. On one such occasion his guest was Louise Brooks, who many years later would play the main role in the film version. See more »

Quotes

The Boy: Ain't it funny when you think of the millions o' people in warm houses and feather beds, an' us just driftin' 'round like the clouds? But I guess it's about even when you boil it down. Even them people in feather beds ain't satisfied - we're all beggars of life.
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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 »

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Featured in Louise Brooks: Looking for Lulu (1998) See more »

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Beggars of Life
Music by Karl Hajos
Lyrics by J. Keirn Brennan
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Phenomenal
14 August 2002 | by mik-19See all my reviews

I wish for nothing more than a valid version of this great movie on DVD. It's been a while since I last saw it, but the impression has been a lasting one. True empathy lasts through the ages and there is a poignancy about 'Beggars of Life' that is phenomenal. All actors shine in career-defining roles, direction is sensible to minuscule moods, and the overall effect is overpowering. One of the best flicks to come out of Hollywood in those pre-talkie days. Can't wait to see it again.


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