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Book Title: Peck's Bad Boy with the Circus|
Directors: Edward F. Cline
Release Date: 1938-12-02
User ratings: 3.4
Number of downloads: 1096
File size: 28.11 Mb
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Video quality: Remux
Last download: 22 days ago
Runtime: 78 min
Stars: Tommy Kelly,Ann Gillis,Edgar Kennedy
IMDb Rating: 6.3
Full movie description "Peck's Bad Boy with the Circus":Trouble-prone Billy Peck and his gang descend on a traveling circus that has just hit town, and before long their antics are causing the circus owner all kinds of problems.
Reviews of the Peck's Bad Boy with the CircusPECK'S BAD BOY WITH THE CIRCUS (RKO Radio, 1938), directed by Edward Cline, became producer Sol Lesser's second attempt with the "Peck's Bad Boy" stories captured on film. For this sequel of sorts to Lesser's own carnation of PECK'S BAD BOY (Fox, 1934), starring Jackie Cooper, this new variation to the George W. Peck stories originally published in the 1880s, was brought up to date with few alterations. While "Peck's Bad Boy" might have been simply a little boy never allowed to grow up as with the long running comic strip character of "Dennis the Menace, this latest edition matures its title character to adolescent age as he continues getting himself into various situations as well as trying the patience of his parents.
Set in the town of Bloomfield, the story starts off with Billy Peck (Tommy Kelly) seated outside his home looking over the trophies he's won during his two years in summer camp, now having his heart set on winning a third for 1938. At the dinner table, Bill gets himself in trouble with his parents, Henry (Grant Mitchell) and Martha (Nana Bryant) for placing a frog in the soup, causing him to be punished by not attending summer camp and remaining home with Cassie, the maid (Louise Beavers). Before the parents get to have their fishing trip in the country, each has a change of heart about their son's punishment by secretly giving Bill bus fare to go to camp. With the Gordon Brothers Circus coming to town, Bill and his pals decide to earn some money in exchange for free tickets, but are refused admittance by the ticket agent for presenting a false pass. Thanks to one of the circus employees, the boys are snuck in and given places to seat. Unfortunately, they are spotted by one of Bill's friends, having Bill forced to pay for the seats with his bus fare. Along the way, Bill encounters Bailey (Edgar Kennedy), a lion tamer who's out to get that certain someone who gave one of his lions sleeping pills (guess who?) as well as befriending Fleurette Decana (Ann Gillis), a child bareback rider, who, along with her mother (Fay Helm), must cope with Myrna Darrow (Benita Hume), a temperamental sideshow performer married to the show's manager (William Demarest). Highlight includes Bill filling in for Fleurette, following her slight leg injury, dressed up in girls clothes and doing her act himself.
Bearing no resemblance to the earlier stage play nor the 1921 silent movie version featuring Jackie Coogan that preceded this, PECK'S BAD BOY WITH THE CIRCUS could very well have been taken out of context from Mark Twain's beloved "Tom Sawyer" character, considering how this latest Peck's Bad Boy, Tommy Kelly, had previously scored so well in David O' Selznick's 1938 production of THE ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER, opposite Ann Gillis (his co-star here) playing Becky Thatcher. As much as "Tom Sawyer" continued to acquire new adaptations om either television of television over later years, there were no further attempts made for another Peck's Bad Boy adventure. Overall, a programmer geared mostly towards the matinée crowd, this production contradicts many aspects used in the previous "Peck's Bad Boy" filmization. For the Jackie Cooper version, the story, set in Pleasonton, finds Bill Peck not only living with his widower father, but discovers he's adopted. As for this edition, Bill has both parents, with no indication of he ever being adopted. While Jackie Cooper, or Jackie Coogan for that matter, would have been way too old reprising their screen roles, Tommy Kelly makes a satisfactory substitute as the teenage Bill Peck.
Other members of the cast include Wade Boteler (Murphy); Mickey Rentschler (Herman); and Billy Gilbert as Herman's father cheering his son later on in the story on the cross country obstacle course. Spanky MacFarland, better known for his appearance in a series of "Our Gang" comedy shorts, doesn't have much to do as Bill's friend, "Pee Wee," but certainly makes whatever scenes he's in count. Louise Beavers, a fine actress, best known for her nominal co-lead in IMITATION OF LIFE (Universal, 1934), is sadly wasted in such a small role as the Peck's maid, Cassie. Her reaction, however, when she finds she's going to have Billy Peck for the summer while the parents are away, does come across as amusing.
Though most sources indicate the original running time for PECK'S BAD BOY WITH THE CIRCUS to be 78 minutes, many DVD and/or VHS copies, along with some local public television broadcasts, contain possibly reissue copies to this movie at 65 minutes. If that's the case, it would be interesting having a complete version in circulation, even with the possibilities of whatever missing material might deem unimportant to an overall average kids movie. (**)
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