Film Version of Beggars of Life (1928)

Beggars of Life was turned into a Broadway play by Maxwell Anderson and a movie by director William Wellman in 1928, starring Louise Brooks, Wallace Beery and Richard Arlen.

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The film, however, tells quite a different story from the one told in the novel. In the movie we find Nancy, a girl who grew up in an orphanage, working for an old farmer. One morning the old man tries to rape her and Nancy shoots him in self-defense. At the same time Jim, a travelling bum, approaches the farm house in hope of a bite to eat, but finds the dead farmer instead. By then, Nancy is already dressed in boy’s clothing and determined to flee. For some reason, Jim decides to help her by showing her how to hop a freight train out of town and the adventure starts.

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