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Release Date:
12 April 1925 (USA) See more »
They thought Jimmy was a "Bad Boy" Brodie so tough he went to school in a cannon. (Lobby card).
In this two-reeler, Jimmy Jump wants to please both of his parents, but they disagree about everything... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Charley Chase ... Jimmie
Martha Sleeper ... Jimmie's Girl Friend
Evelyn Burns ... Jimmie's Mother
Hardee Kirkland ... Jimmie's Father
Noah Young ... Dance Hall Troublemaker
Eddie Borden ... Dance Hall Proprietor
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dave Anderson ... Foreman (uncredited)

Olive Borden ... Undetermined Role (unconfirmed) (uncredited)
Charles Force ... Iron Worker (uncredited)
Jack Gavin ... Cop (uncredited)
Dick Gilbert ... Dance Hall Tough Guy (uncredited)
Charlie Hall ... Dance Hall Tough Guy (uncredited)
Sam Lufkin ... Iron Worker (uncredited)
Robert Page ... Iron Worker (uncredited)
Leo Willis ... Iron Worker (uncredited)
'Tonnage' Martin Wolfkeil ... Porter (uncredited)

Directed by
Leo McCarey 
Writing credits
H.M. Walker (titles)

Produced by
F. Richard Jones .... supervising producer
Hal Roach .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Dave Knudtson (musical score composed by) (2005 alternate version)
Maurice Saylor (2009)
Cinematography by
Len Powers (photographed by)
Film Editing by
Richard C. Currier  (as Richard Currier)
Music Department
Dave Knudtson .... musical score performer (2005 alternate version)
The Snark Ensemble .... music performers (2009)
Crew believed to be complete

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19 min (2005 alternate version)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
USA:TV-G (TV rating)


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Bad boy, good comedy, 6 January 2010
Author: hte-trasme from United States

"Bad Boy" was only Charley Chase's second regular two-reeler after he had come off starring in a successful. innovative, and hilarious series of one-reel comedies. This early in his two-reel comedies the theme is one that had been a staple of Chase's one-reelers: he's a wimpy rich man who must toughen up. Immediately it's clear that Chase has literally 100% space to work with, as his character goes to work in steel yard and there is plenty of time for clever and slightly isolated gags around the theme of Charley's aristocratic character in this setting, bringing a fancy car, using contrivances to do his work for him, and setting elaborate place settings for his lunch, and all the while trying to fit in. This makes it a perceptive and interesting class comedy too.

This early he also demonstrates a rare sense for the two-reel medium. The threads of his rich background and girlfriend along with the fey dance his mother convinces him to do (admittedly rather randomly) dovetailing nicely into a great payoff with Charley discovered as not the "Bad Boy" gangster he claims to be in the dance club. While he brings the elements all in together, they do leave an impression of having been disparate beforehand -- kind of a smörgåsbord of Chase elements, with absurd comedy of humiliation when Charley must dress in drag moving right into the danger and social confusion in the club.

The incredibly cute Martha Sleeper is Charley's leading lady here, and I love her in these films. She doesn't just look pretty (although she manages that quite well) but contributes on her own with lots of funny charming pixie-like gestures. She and Charley do a skilled and entertaining dance routine that seems to me like the best silent equivalent of the songs that Chase would pleasingly insert into many of his later sound shorts.

A very funny short, as well as a glimpse at the ambition that Charley Chase had starting his own series of two-reel comedies and doing so with a plot as difficult to unite at the end as he can.

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