The first of the three full
length Peck's Bad Boy movies was released in 1921 and starred Jackie
Coogan. Coogan , of course, was quite well known after starring in
Charlie Chaplin's, The Kid, earlier in 1921. This movie also was a
Other actors included Wheeler Oakman as Dr. Martin, Doris May, Raymond
Hatton, James Corrigan and Lillian Leighton.
It was directed by Sam Wood who wrote the film adaptation. Coogan, who
is Henry Peck, emulates his namesake quite well with numerous pranks
throughout the movie. Letting a lion loose and filling his father's
pants with ants are just a couple of the humorous vignettes that take
place in this movie. The movie is 65 minutes long.
Movie advertising flyers:
These little items are 7.5 x 3.5.
Postcard advertising the movie:
Henry Clay and Bock & Co., Ltd., a Havana, Cuba cigar manufacturer,
produced a number a card sets. A card was inserted inside a pack of
Susini and Bock Ovalados Cigars.
The card sets that I have seen from this company are related to movies
and the film industry. The cards shown here feature photographs from
the Peck's Bad Boy movie which was released in 1921.
I do not know how many cards are in the set. The eight cards shown here
are numbered between 15 and 26. They are 1.875" x 2.5".
This music by Paul M. Sarazan and copyrighted in 1921 by Irving Berlin
was "dedicated to Jackie Coogan". It was based on the 1921 movie but
was not part of the film in anyway. Below is the sheet music published
in New York and in London.
There's a man named Henry Peck, He lives in my home town. He goes to
church and minds the law and leads a simple life. And no one ever heard
him say a mean world to his wife. But Henry Peck's notorious he's known
for miles around. He's got a reputation that he can't live down: When
they missed the curfew bell, They all blamed Peck's bad boy. He never
missed a chance to give his sister's beau a shock. He stuck pins in the
big settee and hid inside the clock. And when someone discovered that
his cow was painted red. He used some awful language, then laughed and
said. Chorus Because of Peck's Bad Boy too young to read or write; but
Peck's Bad Boy, was scheming day and night, to get real joy, When he
could play most all his pranks and get away with out his spanks. Not
one red cent , and still he got inside the circus tent. He used to hang
around the grocery store, and eat the profits of a day or more. The
grocer used to roar at Peck's Bad Boy, Just like a bag of tricks, was
Peck's Bad Boy, When he was in a fix he'd say Oh! Boy, I'm gonna fall
like Troy. Altho' the neighbors said he was a pest, they really wished
that they'd been bless'd with Peck's Bad Boy, That's what they always
call'd him, Peck's Bad Boy.
Below are some scenes from the movie.