Musée d'Orsay: Wild Boys of the Road

Wild Boys of the Road

Director: William Wellman
USA, 1933, 68 min

Screenplay: Earl Baldwin, Daniel Ahern
Starring: Frankie Darro, Edwin Phillips, Rochelle Hudson, Dorothy Coonan

During the Great Depression, teenagers set out on the road, starving and hounded by the police.

The characters in Wild Boys of the Road are what were called hobos, a term for homeless people who moved from town to town searching for work. In this case they are very young, and this gives the film an unusual blend of innocence and cruelty. While uncompromising and at times violent, it does not, however, crush the hope that these abandoned, bruised young people should represent.




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