'The Last of the American Hoboes' Movie Reviews-Commentary
I worked closely with Titus Moody in the making of the movie 'The Last of the American Hoboes'. Recently I have found a few reviews of the movie on the internet. I was excited to see favorable mention of some my early work in the music business in some, others were not as flattering. There was a couple of misspellings and an error in fact in that the movie wasn't released in the late '1970's' rather around 1971 or 1972. Below is a composite-example of a couple of them. I corrected the misspellings in this post. I have tried to contact the posters but so far have not had a response. There was no copyright protection notice and since the reviews deal with my work I believe I have the right to comment on them in this way.
If you've ever wanted a close up experience with real life hoboes and their stories this is one of those rare films that provides just that. Filmed in a documentary, story-telling form that provides the history of the hobo; going back to how they began riding the rails, looking for work during the great depression, and how they would put a mark near a house that was friendly to hoboes to the story of Hal Jon Norman-Actor and how he lost his leg while trying to jump on a moving train as a youth. A Juddy Phillips produced soundtrack the best cut being 'Like A Hobo Should' by Gary Revel also tracks by: The Chapparral Brothers, Wayne Storm, Brian Mark and sounds from the street and the hobo jungle brought by Hobo Actor Journalist The Nobel 'Kid' Chissel, Mike DeTemple, and The Salvation Army Band. The movie is rare and collectible. I saw it at a screening many years ago and bought one of the soundtrack albums at a garage sale. The soundtrack album cover-photography by Ken Berg folds out and is a unique collectible in it's own right. Inside the cover it says, "A Judy Russell Gary Revel Byron Spears Movement". The song credits show that Gary Revel wrote and or performed on about half of the cuts on the album. I remember Titus Moody produced and directed. The movie premiered in the late 1970's at the Hobo Convention in Britt, Iowa. An enjoyable entertaining film.
About the Author
Gary Revel was born in 1949 and is married to Linda Revel. They live in the Los Angeles area and have 6 children and 8 grandchildren. Gary is currently working on bringing his story of his investigation of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. to the movie screen.