10 user 1 critic

Lord Jeff (1938)

Approved | | Crime, Drama | 17 June 1938 (USA)
A spoiled orphan, raised by a couple of con artists, gets sent to a mercantile marine vocational school for orphaned boys, where he learns about friendship and ethics, and uncovers a new future.


Sam Wood


Bradford Ropes (story), Endre Bohem (story) | 2 more credits »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Freddie Bartholomew ... Geoffrey Braemer
Mickey Rooney ... Terry O'Mulvaney
Charles Coburn ... Captain Briggs
Herbert Mundin ... Bosun 'Crusty' Jelks
Terry Kilburn ... Albert Baker
Gale Sondergaard ... Doris Clandon
Peter Lawford ... Benny Potter
Walter Tetley Walter Tetley ... Tommy Thrums
Peter Ellis Peter Ellis ... Ned Saunders
George Zucco ... James 'Jim' Hampstead
Matthew Boulton ... Inspector Scott
John Burton John Burton ... John Cartwright
Emma Dunn ... Mrs. Briggs
Monty Woolley ... Jeweler
Gilbert Emery ... Magistrate


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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Crime | Drama


Approved | See all certifications »

Did You Know?


American film debut of Peter Lawford. See more »


In early close-ups, Albert's (Terry Kilburn) "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 »


London Bridge is Falling Down
Played on piano by Doris Lloyd
See more »

User Reviews

Learning Life's Lessons
30 September 2007 | by MaleejandraSee 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.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 10 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.






Release Date:

17 June 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lord Jeff See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

Recently Viewed