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Girls of the Road

Girls of the Road(1940)

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When Kay Warren, the socially minded daughter of the governor, learns about a migrant army composed of young girls, victims of the Depression who are forced to live in hobo jungles and are relentlessly driven from place to place, she asks her father why nothing has been done to solve the problem. Although her father claims that the state is unable to help the homeless, Kay determines to find a solution by taking to the road herself. When the governor discovers that his daughter has left home, he orders officer Sullavan to find her. While Sullavan sets out on his search, Kay is tossed into jail with other homeless girls and then herded onto a freight train by the sheriff's deputies. Mickey, one of the girls, shoves a deputy from the train, and fearing that she has killed him, jumps from the train and flees. Kay follows, and the girls meet a friendly truck driver who spirits them away to a female hobo camp. The girls soon realize that the camp is a jungle where intolerable living conditions lead to fighting and stealing. When Irene, a dying young bride-to-be who had been hitchhiking her way across the country to meet her fiancé, is brought into the camp to receive badly needed medical attention, most of the girls want to abandon her, but Kay forces them to realize the importance of helping one another. The ailing girl eventually dies, and the girls stand united at her graveside. While Kay continues to document the abuses which are taking place in these camps, the truck driver who drove her to the camp discloses her location to the authorities and she is returned to her father. Grateful to have his daughter back, the governor promises his support in building a shelter to provide the homeless with food and work.