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Beggars of Life

June 17 @ 1:00 pm

Presented as part of the first annual Public Domain Day at the Center for Contemporary Arts

Part of CCA’s Public Domain Day

June 17: Screening at 1:00pm

US Copyright Law protects creative property for a almost full century, but on January 1, 2024 films from the year 1928 moved into the public domain. CCA celebrates these important pieces of cinematic history all day on Monday June 17th with our first ever Public Domain Day!


An American silent film classic, Beggars of Life (1928) stars Louise Brooks as a train-hopping hobo who dresses like a boy to survive. After escaping her violent stepfather, Nancy (Brooks) befriends kindly drifter Jim (Richard Arlen). They ride the rails together until a fateful encounter with the blustery Oklahoma Red (Wallace Beery) and his rambunctious band of hoboes, leading to daring, desperate conflict on top of a moving train. Based on the memoir of real-life hobo Jim Tully, and directed with adventuresome verve by William Wellman (The Ox-Bow Incident), Beggars of Life is an essential American original.

Director: William A. Wellman
Writers: Benjamin Glazer, Jim Tully
Features: Wallace Beery, Louise Brooks
Run time: 1 hr. 22 min
Film: Adventure, Crime, Drama

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