Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Beggar's Holiday was, appropriately enough, filmed on Hollywood's "Poverty Row"--that ramshackle collection of tiny studios on Gower Street rented out by independent producers in the early 1930s. This typical bit of Depression-era whimsy is apparently all about a callow rich man who taps his essential decency by pretending to be poor (we say "apparently" because the film has evidently vanished from sight, and information is sketchy). Hardie Albright and Sally O'Neil are the requisite young lovers, while J. Farrell McDonald does his reliable philosophical tramp routine. Beggar's Holiday was directed by Sam Newfield, perhaps the most prolific megaphone-wielder in all of "Gower Gulch". It was a painless way for moviegoers to spend 59 minutes back in 1934.
assumed-identity, poverty, redemption