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Eleven-year-old Joe gets a job as a paper boy. His tiny wage is all the family has to live on.
It is 1932 and Joe is 11 years old. When his father John Riordan loses his factory job, Joe gets a job as a paper boy, and his tiny wage is all the family has to live on. Working on the streets, Joe mixes with the unemployed, the other paper boys, the ex-servicemen, the evangelists, the buskers and communist agitators, who are all fighting for survival.