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Bad Boy (1925)

TV-G | | Comedy, Short | 12 April 1925 (USA)
In this two-reeler, Jimmy Jump wants to please both of his parents, but they disagree about everything. His father wants him to act more manly, although Jimmy gets his sensitivity from his ... See full summary »

Director:

Leo McCarey

Writer:

H.M. Walker (titles)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Charley Chase ... Jimmie
Martha Sleeper ... Jimmie's Girl Friend
Evelyn Burns Evelyn Burns ... Jimmie's Mother
Hardee Kirkland Hardee Kirkland ... Jimmie's Father
Noah Young Noah Young ... Dance Hall Troublemaker
Eddie Borden ... Dance Hall Proprietor
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Storyline

In this two-reeler, Jimmy Jump wants to please both of his parents, but they disagree about everything. His father wants him to act more manly, although Jimmy gets his sensitivity from his mother. He wants to wed his girlfriend, and so accepts a job at his father's iron foundry, but does not excel there. Next, Jimmy goes to a tough dance-hall to impress his girl. A highlight is his parody of an Isadora Duncan dance. Written by Fiona Kelleghan <fkelleghan@aol.com>

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They thought Jimmy was a "Bad Boy" Brodie so tough he went to school in a cannon. (Lobby card).

Genres:

Comedy | Short

Certificate:

TV-G
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 April 1925 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(2005 alternate)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Alternate Versions

In 2005, Milestone Film & Video copyrighted a 19-minute version of this film, with a new piano music score composed and performed by Dave Knudtson. See more »

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Funny throughout
1 September 2013 | by PaularocSee all my reviews

This is one of several Chase shorts directed by Leo McCarey. Chase as Jimmie is the son of a wealthy industrialist and a bit of a weakling. His father tells Jimmie that he must work his way up in the business starting at the bottom. As an inter title card explains "Jimmie went to work in the great iron foundry where men were men and nothing could be done about it." Jimmie just doesn't fit in. To make matters worse, his mother has him participate in a garden dance of the sort popular then and he prances around playing a Pan like character. Observing this, both Jimmie's father and girlfriend are disgusted. So Jimmie decides to toughen up and meet his girlfriend at a working class dance hall pretending to be Bad Boy Brodie, a notorious thug. His ruse is discovered and a brawl ensues. His parents arrive and even they get into the act. It's all great fun highlighted by the cute meet between Jimmie and his girlfriend, Jimmie's lunch with a fellow workman at the foundry and the dance hall scenes. A clever and entertaining short. A plus is seeing Martha Sleeper as Jimmie's girlfriend. She had a memorable role in the great Max Davidson short "Pass the Gravy."


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