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Wild Boys of the Road

Released 1933
Distributor Warner Bros.

William Wellman’s grueling depression-era film takes full advantage of its pre-code status. Starring Frankie Darrow as a high school dropout who hops a rail car to make ends meet, the 1933 movie fairly embraces dicey subjects like prostitution, rape and grisly death scenes. Based on a story by Daniel Ahearn with the far more appropriate title, “Desperate Youth”.

About Allan Arkush

A record collector and film buff from his early days, Allan Arkush brought his two loves together in directing the cult classic Rock ‘n’ Roll High School. Allan’s day job is directing and executive producing television series like Heroes, The Client List and Crossing Jordan.  He has also directed episodes of Ally McBeal, Moonlighting and many other tv series as well as the mini-series, The Temptations, for which he won an Emmy. He wishes that someone would release his 1997 Showtime movie Elvis Meets Nixon on DVD.