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Peck's Bad Boy with the Circus (1938)

Passed | | Comedy | 2 December 1938 (USA)
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.

Director:

Edward F. Cline

Writers:

Al Martin (screenplay), David Boehm (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Tommy Kelly ... Bill Peck
Ann Gillis ... Fleurette de Cava
Edgar Kennedy ... Arthur Bailey
Benita Hume ... Myrna Daro
Billy Gilbert ... Bud Boggs
Grant Mitchell ... Henry Peck
Nana Bryant ... Mrs. Henry Peck
George 'Spanky' McFarland ... Pee Wee (as Spanky McFarland)
Louise Beavers ... Cassey
William Demarest ... Daro
Mickey Rentschler ... Herman Boggs
Fay Helm ... Mrs. De Cava
Harry Stubbs Harry Stubbs ... Hank
Wade Boteler ... Murphy
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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.

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The "Tom Sawyer" Kid in another great fun, thrill and adventure show!

Genres:

Comedy

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Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 December 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Circus Kid See more »

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Production Co:

Sol Lesser Productions See more »
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Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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George 'Spanky' McFarland took a leave of absence from the "Our Gang" series to appear in this picture. See more »

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Edited into The Our Gang Story (1994) See more »

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Tommy Kelly Dresses Up to Win the Cup
25 April 2010 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

Mischievous teenager Tommy Kelly (as William "Bill" Peck) is sidetracked on his way to summer camp, when a traveling circus comes to town. Mr. Kelly and his pals sneak in to see the show, after a job putting up circus posters fails to gain them admission. Also attending is Kelly's badder boy rival Mickey Rentschler (as Herman Boggs). Both boys want to win the camp's annual decathlon cup. At the circus, Kelly meets pretty pre-teen bareback-rider Ann Gillis (as Fleurette de Cava). When circus politics derail Ms. Gillis, Kelly dons a dress and wig to perform in her stead - leading to laughter!

RKO wisely wooed Kelly and his "Adventures of Tom Sawyer" (1938) co-stars to this natural follow-up film. Kelly updates previous "Peck's Bad Boys" Jackie Coogan (1921) and Jackie Cooper (1934) well. Based on the characters (not a re-make), "Peck's Bad Boy with the Circus" provided young moviegoers with a fun and funny winter trip to both summer camp and the circus. You may recognize gruff manager William Demarest (as Daro) and rascally "Spanky" McFarland (as Pee Wee) in the cast. Edgar Kennedy, Billy Gilbert, and Grant Mitchell are always perfect, as is Louise Beavers (as Cassey).

****** Peck's Bad Boy with the Circus (12/2/38) Edward F. Cline ~ Tommy Kelly, Ann Gillis, Mickey Rentschler, Edgar Kennedy


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