“Peck’s Bad Boy” is a 1934 comedy film directed by Edward F. Cline. The film revolves around the misadventures of a mischievous young boy named Bill Peck, nicknamed “Peck’s Bad Boy.”
Bill Peck, played by Jackie Cooper, is a troublemaker known for his pranks and mischief. He lives with his strict but loving father, Henry Peck (played by Thomas Meighan), and his patient and understanding mother, Hilda Peck (played by Dorothy Peterson).
Throughout the film, Bill gets into various scrapes and humorous situations, causing chaos and exasperation for his family and the people around him. His antics include playing practical jokes, skipping school, and causing disruptions wherever he goes.
Despite his mischievous behavior, Bill has a good heart and often learns valuable lessons along the way. He forms a friendship with a new girl in town, Sally (played by Mitzi Green), and together they embark on adventures and get into even more trouble.
As the story progresses, Bill’s antics reach a climax, and he finds himself in a situation that forces him to take responsibility for his actions. Through these experiences, Bill learns the importance of honesty, respect, and understanding.
“Peck’s Bad Boy” is a lighthearted and family-friendly comedy that showcases the spirited adventures of a mischievous young boy. The film highlights the challenges and joys of childhood and the growth that can come from learning life lessons.
The character of Peck’s Bad Boy originated in a popular series of books and became a cultural phenomenon, leading to multiple film adaptations. The 1934 version with Jackie Cooper remains one of the most well-known interpretations, capturing the youthful energy and mischievousness of the beloved character.
Edward F. Cline
George W. Peck, Bernard Schubert, Marguerite Roberts
Jackie Cooper, Thomas Meighan, Jackie Searl