Synopsis by Iotis Erlewine
This earnest, socially-conscious road drama centers on two California teenagers who find their comfortable lives thrown into turmoil during the Great Depression. To find work for themselves, the adventurous lads sneak aboard a Chicago-bound train.
accident, adolescence, arrest, boy, bum, child, city, committed-relationship, community, conflict, confusion, conscience, court [law], criminal, deal [agreement], depression, economy, emotion, employment, equality, father, food, gangster, girl, group, hitman, home, hope, ideals, justice, lecture, life, lifestyle, loot, moving, naivete, needlework, on-the-road, outlaw [Western], parent, police, poverty, problems, promise, provocative, railroad, rape, ring [jewelry], road, robbery, social-awareness, struggle, suffering, survivor, teenagers, track [track and field], train [locomotive], traveling, unknown, wheels, wild [undomesticated], youth
High Historical Importance, Sleeper