After killing her violent stepfather, Nancy (Louise Brooks) goes on the run with an amiable hobo (Richard Arlen) to escape the cops. Dressing as a boy, she hops freight trains, sleeps under the stars and eventually steals a car to escape to Canada. With dramatic American landscapes, a lyrical love story, and a daring, desperate final action scene atop a speeding train, Beggars of Life is magical entertainment. All the excitement and romance of this fabulous film will be captured by a live score played by a trio of Yorkshire Silent Film Festival musicians.
Performing live: Jonny Best (piano), Jacqui Wicks (ukelele/voice), Seonaid Matheson (violin).
Dir. William Wellman
USA, 1928, 81 mins, certificate U