WILD BOYS OF THE ROAD
Monday, April 23 at 7:30
Directed by William Wellman
(1933, William Wellman) Instead of burdening their penniless families, Frank Darrow, Edwin Phillips, and Dorothy Coonan (soon to be Mrs. Wellman) decide to ride the rails, dodging train detectives in search of jobs and shelter. Approx. 68 min. 35mm print (from the original camera negative) courtesy Library of Congress.
"One of the most unrelenting and bleakly desperate of American films made in the 1930s, [chronicling] the hard-luck life of the road of literally hundreds of thousands of teenagers – boys and girls alike – who were forced out into the world at large when their family life at home collapsed. Literally torn from the headlines, Wild Boys of the Road unflinchingly documented this unparalleled phenomenon.”
- Gwendolyn Audrey Foster, Library of Congress