Beggars of Life

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Beggars of Life
Beggars of Life poster.jpg
1928 lobby card
Directed by William A. Wellman
Produced by Jesse L. Lasky
Adolph Zukor
Written by Jim Tully (autobiography)
Maxwell Anderson (play)
Starring Wallace Beery
Louise Brooks
Richard Arlen
Music by Karl Hajos
Cinematography Henry W. Gerrard
Edited by Alyson Shaffer
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date
September 22, 1928
Running time
100 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Beggars of Life (1928) is an early sound film with talking sequences starring Wallace Beery as a rail-riding hobo and Louise Brooks as a girl on the run. Based on an autobiography Beggars of Life by Jim Tully, the film is often regarded as Brooks's best American movie.

This is Paramount's first feature with dialogue on the soundtrack and the first time Beery's distinctive voice was recorded for a film, although the talking is extremely limited, similar to Warner Bros.'s The Jazz Singer the previous year.

Beery and Brooks had appeared together the previous year in Now We're in the Air, now considered a lost film.[1][2]


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