Beggars of Life
Also known as Les Mendiants de la vie in France
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.