PECK’S BAD BOY
1921, 51 min, USA, Dir: Sam Wood

Hollywood's first great child star, Jackie Coogan, stars in this delightful comedy. Producer Irving Lesser lost no time in finding the right vehicle for Coogan following his sensational success in Chaplin's THE KID. Similar to Dennis the Menace, Peck's Bad Boy begun in the 1880s as a series of newspaper articles by George Wilbur Peck, was soon adapted into a Broadway play and, by the end of the nineteenth century, was a staple of theatrical road companies.


THE KID
1921, Janus Films, 60 min, USA, Dir: Charles Chaplin

In his first film masterpiece, Charlie Chaplin’s Tramp, following his paternal instincts, takes a hapless, orphaned baby - "the Kid" - under his wing. Five years pass, and the tyke is now a precocious little boy (Jackie Coogan), helping his foster dad, the Tramp, in his "window-glass replacement" scam. But a confluence of events, including the Kid’s sudden illness, conspire to separate the two.


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