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Wild Boys of the Road (1933) was a Adventure - Drama Film directed by William A. Wellman .

Wild Boys of the Road was inducted into the National Film Registry in 2013.

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Wild Boys of The Road (1933): Another Wellman Micro Epic

By 4 Star Film Fan on Jan 13, 2022 From 4 Star Films

We’re always told that teen culture was an invention of the 1950s and the post-war boon. To a certain extent this is true and yet watching something like Wild Boys is eye-opening. We open at the Sophomore Frolic. It suggests there were elements of this lifestyle generations before. Dances, gir... Read full article


WILD BOYS OF THE ROAD (1933)

By Terry on Nov 19, 2018 From Stardust and Shadows

The reckless, fast story of? WILD BOYS OF THE ROAD made in the delightful the precode late period of 1933 by William Wellman is wonderful if not under appreciated example of Warner Brothers (Actually First National) reading “today’s? headlines”.? This? current approach was used eve... Read full article


Wild Boys of the Road (1933)

By smumcountry on Sep 21, 2014 From Smum County

September 21, 2014 by smumcounty Between 1929 and 1939 more than 250,000 men left their homes and took to the road to ride the rails or hitch rides as hoboes. When we think of the iconic hobo today, we picture a grizzled old prospector type with a three day growth of beard and a battered old fedora.... Read full article


Wild Boys of the Road (1933)

By smumcountry on Sep 21, 2014 From Smum County

September 21, 2014 by smumcounty Between 1929 and 1939 more than 250,000 men left their homes and took to the road to ride the rails or hitch rides as hoboes. When we think of the iconic hobo today, we picture a grizzled old prospector type with a three day growth of beard and a battered old fedora.... Read full article


Wild Boys of the Road (1933) (1)

By Angela on Nov 21, 2010 From Hollywood Revue

Eddie Smith (Frankie Darro) and Tommy Gordon (Edwin Phillips) are a couple of young guys who are, like everybody else in 1933, feeling the pain of the Great Depression.? At first, Eddie’s doing OK since his father has a good job, but Tommy’s mom has been out of work for so long that Tomm... Read full article


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Quotes from

Edward 'Eddie' Smith: Go ahead! Put me in a cell. Lock me up! I'm sick of being hungry and cold. Sick of freight trains. Jail can't be any worse than the street. So give it to me!


Edward 'Eddie' Smith: [Discovering that Sally is a girl] He's a she!


Edward 'Eddie' Smith: [Walking in and putting $22 on the table after selling his car] Here, Dad.
Mr. James Smith: Wha... ? Where'd this come from?
Edward 'Eddie' Smith: Oh, I sold my car. I was tired of it anyway. You know me - have a thing a little while... get sort of fed up with it.
[Opening the refrigerator]
Edward 'Eddie' Smith: I guess I'm like my cousin Hugo.
[Turning and looking at his father]
Edward 'Eddie' Smith: Hey, you're not sore at me, are you, Pop?
Mr. James Smith: [Gettig up and walking toward Eddie] No matter what you ever do, Edward, you'll never make me feel as proud of you as I have this minute.


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Facts about

Reportedly both John Ford and William Wyler were interested in the project before it was assigned to Wellman.
Mary Wiggins and Harvey Parry doubled Dorothy Coonan and Frankie Darro.
Alan Hale Jr. (later known as The Skipper on Gilligan's Island) was originally cast in the film, but in the final version he appears only as the child whose photograph the judge looks at fondly after pardoning the three youths.
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National Film Registry

Wild Boys of the Road

Released 1933
Inducted 2013
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