With the shoeshine boys of Rome’s streets as background, this film is a preachment on Italian juvenile delinquency. Producers used real shoeshine boys and the absence of experienced actors works out okay. Scenes in Rome’s jail emphasize the need for drastic reforms there.
Two bootblacks are the principal characters, the film showing their change from honest lads into bitter juvenile gangsters. Paolo W. Tamburella, producer, and Vittoria De Sica, director, deserve bulk of praise for this.