Peck's Bad Boy with the Circus
was released in 1938. Tommy Kelly starred as Bill Peck.
This simple story revolves around Peck's adventures at the circus,
helping a young female circus performer and getting to camp to run in a
Although the movie credits
clearly state "Based upon characters created by George W. Peck", there
really is little semblance to Peck's works. Peck's Bad Boy Hennery is
named Bill in the movie. The 1906 Peck book- Peck's Bad Boy with the
Circus" has virtually no connection with the movie whatsoever. Bill
Peck plays a few practical jokes in the movie but they are really
rather tame compared to the book's misadventures.
The 68 minute black and white movie was directed by Edward F. Cline.
Other featured actors included Ann Gillis, Edward Kennedy and Benita
Hume. When I watched this film I immediately recognized the voice (and
young face) of William Demarest. Spanky McFarland also has a role.
This movie is available on youtube in its entirety: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rmP37fheGdk
A small book in boards was adapted from the movie. See: http://www.georgewpeck.com/book22.html
A coloring book, Peck's Bad Boy with the Circus Coloring Book, was
published in 1939.
For more information see: http://www.georgewpeck.com/publishers/mcloughlin.html.
Posters, movie photographs, promo pieces and various other ephemera are
readily available. Some are shown below.
(14" x 11")
The campaign book is a promotional piece that gives information about
the movie, actors, available posters and advertisement stereos for the
movie. Presumably these items were made available to the theaters to
help boost movie ticket sales.
The campaign book clearly spells out all of the publicity items that
were available. Example are shown below.
In 1939 a board game called Peck's Bad Boy with the Circus was
published by Milton Bradley.
It was "inspired" by the Peck's Bad Boy with the Circus movie.
For information see http://georgewpeck.com/games.html.