Silent Era Information*Progressive Silent Film List*Lost Films*People*Theaters
Taylorology*Articles*Home Video*Books*Store*Search
Silent Era Home Page  >  PSFL  >  Beggars of Life (1928)
Progressive Silent Film List
A growing source of silent era film information.
This listing is from The Progressive Silent Film List by Carl Bennett.
Copyright © 1999-2018 by Carl Bennett and the Silent Era Company.
All Rights Reserved.

About This Listing
Report Omissions or Errors in This Listing

  Louise Brooks and Richard Arlen (center).
Photograph: Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Beggars of Life
Also known as Les Mendiants de la vie in France
(1928) American
B&W : Nine reels / 7560 feet
Directed by William A. Wellman

Cast: Wallace Beery [‘Oklahoma Red’], Louise Brooks [Nancy, the girl], Richard Arlen [Jim, the boy], Robert Perry [‘The Arkansaw Snake’], Roscoe Karns [‘Lame Hoppy’], Edgar ‘Blue’ Washington [‘Black Mose’]; H.A. Morgan [Skinny], Andy Clark [Skelly], Mike Donlin [Bill], Johnnie Morris [Rubin], George Kotsonaros [Baldy], Jacque Chapin (Jack Chapin) [Ukie], Robert Brower [‘Blind’ Sims], Frank Brownlee [a farmer], Guinn ‘Big Boy’ Williams [the bakery wagon driver], Harvey Parry

Paramount Famous Lasky Corporation production; distributed by Paramount Pictures Corporation [A Paramount Picture]. / Produced by William A. Wellman. Screenplay (scenario) by Benjamin Glazer and Jim Tully, from the novel Beggars of Life by Jim Tully. General manager, West Coast production, B.P. Schulberg. Production supervisor, Benjamin Glazer. Assistant director, Charles Barton. Photographed (cinematography) by Henry Gerrard. Intertitles by Julian Johnson. Edited by Alyson Shaffer. Presented by Adolph Zukor and Jesse L. Lasky. / © 21 September 1928 by Paramount Famous Lasky Corporation [LP25642]. Released 22 September 1928. / [?] Movietone 35mm spherical 1.20:1 format and/or Standard 35mm spherical 1.33:1 format? Western Electric Movietone sound-on-film sound system. / The production was shot on 18 May through 18 June 1928. The film’s soundtrack may have been restricted to music, sound effects and a song by Beery. The film was also released in the USA in a silent version (at 7504 feet) by Paramount Famous Lasky Corporation in 1928. / Silent film, with talking sequences, synchronized music and sound effects.


Review: [Photoplay, April 1929, page 8] The low-down on hoboes. Good entertainment. And hear Wallace Beery sing a song!

Survival status: Print exists in the George Eastman Museum film archive [16mm preservation positive, 35mm preservation positive (optically enlarged from the 16mm print)]; sound sequences soundtracks are presumed lost.

Current rights holder: (unknown)

Keywords: Crime: Murder - Death: Murder - Families: Foster parents - Law: Enforcement: Police: Detectives - Railroads - Rape (Attempted) - Synchronized sound film - Tramps - Transportation: Trains

Listing updated: 2 January 2018.

References: Film credits, film viewing : Brownlow-Parade pp. 166, 169, 172, 432; Edelman-Baseball p. 29; Everson-American pp. 310s, 330; Geduld-Birth p. 242; Paris-Brooks pp. 558-559 : Photoplay-192904 p. 8 : Website-AFI; Website-GEM.

Home video: DVD.

Silent Era Home Page  >  PSFL  >  Beggars of Life (1928)
The Freshman on Blu-ray Disc



Sherlock Holmes (1916) BD/DVD Combo

Beggars of Life BD

Beggars of Life DVD

Silent Era Ads
Early Women Filmmakers: An International Anthology (1902-1943). Films by Blaché, Weber, Dulac and more!
from Amazon

Diary of a Lost Girl Blu-ray

Silent Era Ads
Irvin Willat’s
Behind the Door (1919) starring Hobart Bosworth, Jane Novak and Wallace Beery.
from Amazon