Beggars of Life (1928)
A rail-riding vagrant becomes the protector of a frightened country girl (disguised as a boy) wanted for murder. A fascinating look at hobo culture (and arguably an influence on Preston Sturges much later Sullivan's Travels (1941)) with a soundtrack including music, sound-effects and some spoken dialogue.
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a gritty and fascinating study of hobo life on the rails. louise brooks plays a girl who kills her abusive guardian and goes on the run dressed as a boy in the company of a young tramp. their journey through hobo jungles and hopping freights was mostly filmed on location with some great stuntwork. this was an experimental sound film but the brief talking sequences, and even a song by wallace beery, are now lost. wellman reportedly invented the boom mike on this picture. a forerunner of the depression era cinema and louise turns in an affecting performance, considered her best in an american film. it was her biggest part to date and her last before leaving for europe to make her mark in the films of georg wilhelm pabst. this film is on the internet archive in decent qualityMore
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