Wild Boys of the Road (1933)

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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.


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  • Dorothy Coonan Wellman in Wild Boys of the Road (1933)
  • Sterling Holloway, Dorothy Coonan Wellman, Frankie Darro, and Edwin Phillips in Wild Boys of the Road (1933)
  • Dorothy Coonan Wellman, Frankie Darro, Arthur Hohl, Rochelle Hudson, and Edwin Phillips in Wild Boys of the Road (1933)
  • Dorothy Coonan Wellman, Frankie Darro, and Edwin Phillips in Wild Boys of the Road (1933)
  • Dorothy Coonan Wellman, Frankie Darro, Minna Gombell, and Edwin Phillips in Wild Boys of the Road (1933)
  • Alan Hale Jr., Dorothy Coonan Wellman, Ann Hovey, Buddy Messinger, Sidney Miller, George Offerman Jr., and Edwin Phillips in Wild Boys of the Road (1933)

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14 December 2000 | wsureck
Teenagers take on the Great Depression
One of the surprisingly realistic dramas that Hollywood created in the early 1930's has teenagers hitting the road during the hard times of the Great Depression.

With their east coast (New "Yawk?") accents, and rough around the edges "Bowery Boys"-style (harken, Leo Gorcey!), Frankie Darrow and a gang of displaced down-on-their-luck (formerly middle class?) teens band together and roam the countryside on foot or by rail, getting into hot water seemingly everywhere they go. Amazing graphic scenes for 1933 include a kid's leg being amputated by a train and an attempted rape scene.

Miserable living conditions and hunger are also depicted with kids lying cheating and stealing to stay alive, but willing to straighten themselves out when given a chance.

You'd think Warner Brothers was taking a risk financing a film that was so bleak and lacking in entertainment value for people that may have been LIVING the kinds of scenes shown, but the film also seems like a propaganda piece for Roosevelt's New Deal. There's a Roosevelt look-alike judge who places his hand, almost in a blessing, on poor Frankie's head and says "things are going to get better very soon".

Overall, Wild Boys of the Road is an interesting social drama that deserves more exposure and recognition.

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