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Lord Jeff (1938)

Approved | | Crime, Drama | 17 June 1938 (USA)
Spoilt child Geoffrey Bramer teams up with a pair of small time crooks to pose as an aristocrat and steal jewelry from exclusive shops. During a a caper, Geoffrey is caught and is sentenced... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Terry O'Mulvaney
Captain Briggs
Herbert Mundin ...
Bosun 'Crusty' Jelks
Albert Baker
Doris Clandon
Benny Potter
Walter Tetley ...
Tommy Thrums
Peter Ellis ...
Ned Saunders
James 'Jim' Hampstead
Matthew Boulton ...
Inspector Scott
John Burton ...
John Cartwright
Mrs. Briggs


Spoilt child Geoffrey Bramer teams up with a pair of small time crooks to pose as an aristocrat and steal jewelry from exclusive shops. During a a caper, Geoffrey is caught and is sentenced to a reformatory where young men are trained to be sailors. He is befriended by model in-mate Terry O'Mulvaney but soon starts to get them both in trouble. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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Release Date:

17 June 1938 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Barreaux blancs  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film was first telecast in Los Angeles Friday 22 March 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11), followed by Philadelphia Thursday 4 April 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6); it was first aired in New York City 15 July 1959 on WCBS (Channel 2); its San Francisco television premiere apparently did not take place until 22 June 1962 on KGO (Channel 7). See more »


In early close-ups, Terry's "missing" tooth is obviously blacked out (as some white shows through). See more »

Crazy Credits

This picture is dedicated to the memory of Dr. Thomas John Barnardo See more »


Rule Britannia
Music by Thomas Augustine Arne
Words by James Thomson (1740)
Played at the end when the Queen Mary sails
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Learning Life's Lessons
30 September 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As another reviewer concluded, this film is very much like Boys Town and even features Mickey Rooney. However, this time, the troubled teen is Freddie Bartholomew as Jeff Braemer. Jeff is involved with a group of jewel thieves, but after being caught, is sent to a orphan school to learn to be a merchant marine. Jeff's rich life has left him jaded and uncooperative, but schoolmates Terry O'Mulvaney (Rooney) and Albert Baker (Terry Kilburn) refuse to give up on him.

The excellent cast makes this film worth watching many times over. There are lessons learned and friends made, but none of those things would be effective if it weren't for believable and likable characters. The subject matter is appropriate for all ages too. Sit down and enjoy this one with the family.

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