Matt, neither of us gave pages of about the legal rights of drifters in real life, but your answer seemed to imply that no such authority exists or existed, which is why I jumped in.
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I'll reiterate a line from my earlier post:
"For most of American history, the police enjoyed free rein to enforce or not enforce vague vagrancy laws".
So as to the legal reality (a specific point asked by Robbie) it becomes a question of when the film is set, hence my answer
Just to be clear, I'm not trying to say you're wrong and I'm right, just that I don't think there is a single answer to the either/or question, because it is a movie trope as you say, but before the 70s it was also a legal reality.