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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.


Edward F. Cline


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




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


Bill Peck (Tommy Kelly) receives ten dollars from his parents for railroad fare to summer camp where he is to defend his trophy cup in a cross-country obstacle race. But he is forced to spend his money for tickets to a circus that comes to town. In revenge, he feed his mother's sleeping pills to the circus lions. Arthur Bailey (Edgar Kennedy, the lion tamer, swears vengeance on the one responsible. His money gone, Bill hitch-hikes a ride to the camp with the circus. A puppy-love romance develops between Bill and Fleurette de Cava, ten-year old bareback rider. During rehearsals, Fleurette sprains an an ankle, and she must appear for the next performance or have her contract cancelled. Bailey suggests that Bill wear a wig and substitute for Fleurette. Bailey volunteers to guide Bill with a wire---one end fastened around Bill's waist and the other strung through a revolving pulley controlled by Bailey. Just as the act begins, Bailey learns that Bill ruined his lion-act. He gets his ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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




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Release Date:

2 December 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Circus Kid See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Sol Lesser Productions See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


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


Follows Peck's Bad Boy (1921) See more »

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Rarely Seen Gem - Little Rascals fans take note!
17 January 2005 | by Schlockmeister60See all my reviews

It's too bad this movie isn't more well-known these days. It probably was a B movie in it's time but regardless, it is a gem. Very nice performances throughout with several alumni from the Little Rascals comedies (Spanky, Woim and Officer Kennedy) thrown in to make it a special treat for those who enjoy those classic shorts. The story is simple, a boy has won an obstacle race at a summer camp for two years in a row and if he wins the third year he gets to keep the trophy cup. The movie follows his adventures getting to the race by way of a circus. To say any more would just spoil your fun in seeing this movie. It is definite;y worth your time to seek out this film.

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