The George W. Peck novel Peck's Bad Boy had already yielded a play, a vaudeville sketch and a comic strip when a film version of the story was released in 1908 by the Essanay Company of Chicago. Apparently assuming that the audience was already familiar with the yarn, this one-reel film version offered only unconnected highlights of theatrical version. Thus, Peck's bad boy was seen pestering a German grocer, throwing food, flour, and other commodities around the store with gay abandon -- and when this scene was over, the action moved somewhere else, with nary a nod to continuity or logic. It is unknown who essayed the title character in the 1908 version, but it is known that Peck's Bad Boy was refilmed in 1920 and 1934, starring Jackie Coogan and Jackie Cooper respectively.
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