Brooks plays Nancy, who, on the lam after killing her abusive guardian, disguises her identity in hope of escaping to Canada. Tucking those signature bangs under a cap (don't worry -- they fall out from time to time) she passes as a boy among a gang of rail-riding hobos, where the threat of being revealed a killer takes a back seat to a more pressing danger: being exposed as a woman!
Co-starring Wallace Beery and Richard Arlen, Beggars of Life is frequently cited as Brooks's best American film, and under the direction of "Wild Bill" Wellman (Wings), it is no wonder.
See it the way it was meant to be seen - at the historic Revue Cinema with live musical accompaniment performed by Jordan Klapman.
Beggars of Life is preceded by the short film Suspense (1913), directed by one cinema's greatest pioneers, Lois Weber.
This special event is part of 'IT GIRLS: Sirens of the Silent Screen', Silent Revue’s on-going tribute to the first ladies of Hollywood.