Beggars of Life

Beggars of Life

A FILM BY: William A. Wellman
WRITTEN BY: Benjamin Glazer (adaptation), Jim Tully (story)
STARRING: Wallace Beery, Louise Brooks, Richard Arlen

After killing her treacherous step-father, a girl (Louise Brooks) tries to escape the country with a young vagabond (Richard Arlen). She dresses as a boy, they hop freight trains, quarrel with a group of hobos, and steal a car in their attempt to escape the police, and reach Canada. Released more than a year before The Great Depression, the film was loosely based on Jim Tully’s novel Beggars of Life: A Hobo Autobiography, published in 1924, which describes his hardscrabble existence on the rails during the recession years of the 1890s and 1900s.

35mm print courtesy of the George Eastman Museum, permission Paramount Pictures. Preservation Funded by the Film Foundation. 

Technical Information

Production Year: 1928
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 100 mins