"Wild Boys of the Road" released by First National/Warner Brothers Pictures in 1933, is a harrowing story of a group of teens who hit the road in Depression-ridden America. It is 1933, and the whole country is mired in poverty, with millions losing their jobs. There was no social safety net just yet -- no unemployment insurance, no food stamps, etc. When you lost your job, you had nothing. Actors Frankie Darro and Edwin Phillips shine in this story of two teens who are forced to hit the road when both their families lose their jobs. They feel with one less mouth to feed, their families will be better off. Both of them hop the railroad cars, seemingly to nowhere, and soon are joined by many others doing the same thing. There is a charming girl (Dorothy Coonan) disguising herself as a boy. She is tough because she has to be to survive. Soon they are joined by hundreds of others. They live in squalid camps, fight the police, and scrounge daily just to feed themselves. All of the actors are good ones, and the living conditions are not prettied up. This is where Warner Brothers as a studio showed realism where other studios felt most Americans just wanted glamor to escape their troubles. The ending of the film is a bit unrealistic, as a sympathetic judge decides not to incarcerate the teens after they ran from the police and racked up charges (not likely!). But, this is still a gem of a film, and it never really seemed to get the recognition it deserved. William A. Wellman, the master director, gave us this and many other wonderful films.