in about 100 words or less
US 100m, B&W, Silent
Director: William A. Wellman; Cast: Wallace Beery, Louise Brooks, Richard Arlen
Beggars of Life is a melodrama about a young woman who takes to a life on the run after the death of her abusive stepfather. Wanted by police, the girl (Brooks) disguised as a boy, comes to find herself riding the rails with a group of unlikely friends. Released in both sound and silent formats, and thought lost for many years, the silent version of Beggars is noteworthy not only for Brooks’s appearance, but for its cinematography and on-location shoots, not to mention the alarmingly dangerous looking train sequences (Klaus Ming March 2017).
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