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Wild Boys of the Road

Country: USA

Genre: Adventure, Drama



In the depths of the Depression, two teenage boys, Eddie (Frankie Darro) and Tommy (Edwin Phillips), strike out on their own in order to help their struggling parents - and find life on the road tougher than they expected.


  • Based on the story “Desperate Youth”, by Daniel Ahern
  • In 2013 the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".
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  • Frankie Darro
    (Eddie Smith)
  • Edwin Phillips
    (Tommy Gordon)
  • Rochelle Hudson
  • Dorothy Coonan Wellman
  • Sterling Holloway
  • Arthur Hohl
  • Ann Hovey
  • Minna Gombell
  • Grant Mitchell
  • Claire McDowell
  • Robert Barrat
  • Willard Robertson
  • Beaudine Anderson
    (Boy - uncredited)
  • Alan Hale Jr.
    (Boy - uncredited)
  • Buddy Messinger
    (Boy - uncredited)
  • George Offerman Jr.
    (Boy - uncredited)

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Excellent. Pre-Code and don't we know it! Probably the most realistic Depression film, perhaps partly because the director, William Wellman, had a knockabout boyhood himself. After having been a fighter pilot with the French Foreign Legion during the First World War he won the first-ever Academy Award for Best Picture with Wings, a corking First World War aviation epic/buddy film/sentimental romance -- not to be confused with Larisa Shepitko's brilliant film of the same name about a former Second World War Russian fighter pilot become an obscure headmistress.

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