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INTRODUCTION:
Beggars of Life is the story of a girl who - after killing her step-father - tries to escape the law with a young vagabond. She dresses as a boy, they hop freight trains, and encounter a group of hobos in their attempt to reach safety. The film still exists, and is occassionaly shown in theatrical venues.


CAST:
Wallace Beery .... Oklahoma Red (imdb)
Louise Brooks .... Nancy (The Girl)
Richard Arlen .... Jim (The Boy) (imdb)
Edgar "Blue" Washington .... Black Mose
H.A. Morgan .... Skinny
Andy Clark .... Skelly
Mike Donlin .... Bill
Roscoe Karns .... Lame Hoppy
Robert Perry .... Arkansaw Snake
Johnnie Morris .... Rubin
George Kotsonaros .... Baldy
Jacques Chapin .... Ukie
Robert Brower .... Blind Sims
Frank Brownlee .... Farmer
Guinn "Big Boy" Williams .... Baker's Cart Driver

CREDITS:
Studio: Paramount
Director: William A. Wellman (imdb)
Producers: Adolph Zukor and Jesse L. Lasky
Production Supervisor: Benjamin Glazer
Writing Credits: Benjamin Glazer and Jim Tully (screenplay), adapted from the book by Jim Tully; titles by Julian Johnson
Format: Silent, with added sound - black & white
Cinematography: Henry W. Gerrard
Film Editing: Alyson Shaffer
Foley Recordist: Benjamin Glazer
Production dates: May 18 to June 18, 1928
Running Time: 9 reels
Release Date: September 22, 1928
Country of Origin: United States

Alternate Titles:   Bettler des Lebens (Austria); Mendigos da vida (Brazil); Žebráci života (Czechoslovakia); De Lovlřses Tog (Denmark); Les mendiants de la vie (France); I mendicanti della vita (Italy); Mendigos de vida (Mexico); Ludzie bezdomni (Poland); Strada cersetorilor (Romania); Mendigos de vida (Spain)

STORY SYNOPSIS: (contains spoilers)
Nancy (The Girl) lives in mortal fear of her lusting father and, when he attacks her, she kill him in a moment of panic. The murder is discovered by Jim (The Boy), a young hobo, who helps her to escape. Nancy dresses in men's rough clothes, and she and Jim hop a freight; thrown off by the brakeman, they take refuge in a hobo camp, the leadership of which is bitterly contested between Arkansas Snake and Oklahoma Red. The encampment is broken up by detectives and Jim and Nancy take refuge with Mose and a seriously ill tramp in an abandonded shack. Red unexpectedly shows up with a stole car and women's clothing for Nancy, helping her and Jim to escape in the car. The sick tramp dies, and Red, dressing him in Nancy’s rough clothes, places his body in a lumber car which he sets aflame. The detective kills Red, and Jim and Nancy (who is declared to be officially dead by the police) hop a passenger train to Canada.

 

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