Beggars of Life


1h 40m 1928

Brief Synopsis

After killing her treacherous step-father, a girl tries to escape the country with a young vagabond. 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.

Film Details

Release Date
Sep 22, 1928
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Paramount Famous Lasky Corp.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel Beggars of Life by Jim Tully (New York, 1924).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 40m
Sound
Mono (MovieTone) (talking sequences and musical score), Silent
Color
Black and White
Film Length
7,560ft (9 reels)

Synopsis

Nancy lives in mortal fear of her foster father and, when he attacks her, she kills him in a moment of panic. The murder is discovered by Jim, a young hobo, who helps her to escape. Nancy dresses in men's rough clothes, and she and Jim hop a freight; thrown off by the brakeman, they take refuge in a hobo camp, the leadership of which is bitterly contested between Arkansas Snake and Oklahoma Red. The encampment is broken up by detectives, and Jim and Nancy take refuge with Mose and a seriously ill tramp in an abandoned shack. Red unexpectedly shows up with a stolen car and women's clothing for Nancy, helping her and Jim to escape in the car. The sick tramp dies, and Red, dressing him in Nancy's rough clothes, places his body in a lumber car which he sets aflame. The pursuing detective kills Red, and Jim and Nancy (who is declared to be officially dead by the police) hop a passenger train for Canada.

Film Details

Release Date
Sep 22, 1928
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Paramount Famous Lasky Corp.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel Beggars of Life by Jim Tully (New York, 1924).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 40m
Sound
Mono (MovieTone) (talking sequences and musical score), Silent
Color
Black and White
Film Length
7,560ft (9 reels)

Quotes

Trivia

The stage play on which the film was based, "Outside Looking In", was much admired by Charlie Chaplin, who saw it several times. On one such occasion his guest was Louise Brooks, who many years later would play the main role in the film version.

Notes

A silent version of the film was also released, at a length of 7,504 feet.