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      Wild Boys of the Road

      1933 1h 8m Drama List
      88% Tomatometer 8 Reviews 76% Audience Score 100+ Ratings Tommy Gordon (Edwin Phillips) and Eddie Smith (Frankie Darro) go looking for jobs as their families suffer during the Great Depression. Bound for the city, the teens share a rail car with Sally (Dorothy Coonan), a youth in similar straits, and they become friends, deciding to stay together when they reach Chicago. But jobs and housing elude the trio, as they and their peers fall prey to injury, hunger and crime. Their naivete lands them in trouble, which might just be their big break. Read More Read Less

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      Jonathan Rosenbaum Chicago Reader The underrated William A. Wellman made many neglected classics during the Depression, and this 1933 feature is one of the very best. Jun 5, 2014 Full Review Frank S. Nugent New York Times Wild Boys of the Road... is disappointing, primarily because it might have been so much more than it is. Aug 8, 2006 Full Review John Beifuss Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN) The film -- as propulsive as a locomotive -- is sympathetic to the plight of the young, the unemployed, the female and the ethnic (the 'boys republic' is open to black and Jewish youngsters). Rated: 4/4 Feb 17, 2011 Full Review Fernando F. Croce CinePassion No mere Dear-Mr.-Roosevelt pamphlet, but a proto-Neorealist howl Nov 4, 2010 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews Loved the energy of this heartfelt Depression-era social-conscious road film. Rated: B Jun 16, 2010 Full Review Sean Axmaker Parallax View It's a cinematic blast of anger and outrage and exasperation sprung from the immediacy of the depression. Mar 24, 2009 Full Review Read all reviews

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      David K Hard-hitting example of Depression-era Warner Bros. films. Directed by William Wellman in his inimitable style, the film traces the lives of two young middle class boys and a girl who are thrown into a life on the road so as not to be a burden to their families. Yes, the ending doesn't ring true and that fact is what keeps me from giving the film an even higher rating. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 04/15/23 Full Review Audience Member Marvelous William Wellman treatment of the depression and its effects on a young segment of society. Actors Frankie Darro and Edwin Phillips work together with a chemistry that is palpable. While the film is dramatic, it is no more dramatic than actual events themselves -- millions of young men did leave home searching for employment and many millions more lost everything they had because unemployment led to default on their homes or inability to pay their rent. President Hoover had just ordered the National Guard to shoot at and kill the unemployed soldiers from world war I that had camped across from the White House and wouldn't go home without their pay or a job. The times were drastic and life-threatening. This movie fits right in, although the ending is too optimistic if looked as occurring in a single moment. The new President, Roosevelt, put these boys and young men to work again, working at needed public works projects, but his programs would have been too late for the boys in this film. This is an altogether film great. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/16/23 Full Review Audience Member Lots of energy from the cast of this terrific depression era flick Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/28/23 Full Review Audience Member 2.5: This one definitely fits into the category of pre-code socially conscious pictures. It explores an issue, essentially the multitude of juvenile delinquents without homes or families created by the Great Depression, that I imagine most wish was forgotten, or at least not widely discussed. The ending is a bit hokey and perfunctory, but the film still works on a basic level. Nothing spectacular, but still watchable. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/14/23 Full Review Audience Member A masterpiece and one of the essential American films of the 1930s. It's a surprisingly grim proto-neorealist look at poverty and the great depression. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/26/23 Full Review Audience Member First off, this is not a male porno so get that out of your head sicko. It plenty of opportunity to engage in man on man love but did not! So stop it. Especially when those railroad dicks showed up with their truncheons to bash heads...Eyes front, pervert! Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 05/10/24 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Synopsis Tommy Gordon (Edwin Phillips) and Eddie Smith (Frankie Darro) go looking for jobs as their families suffer during the Great Depression. Bound for the city, the teens share a rail car with Sally (Dorothy Coonan), a youth in similar straits, and they become friends, deciding to stay together when they reach Chicago. But jobs and housing elude the trio, as they and their peers fall prey to injury, hunger and crime. Their naivete lands them in trouble, which might just be their big break.
      Director
      William A. Wellman
      Producer
      Robert Presnell Sr.
      Screenwriter
      Earl Baldwin
      Production Co
      First National Pictures
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jan 9, 2017
      Runtime
      1h 8m
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