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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 »

Director:

Sam Wood

Writers:

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

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
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Storyline

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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Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 June 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Barreaux blancs See more »

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Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

As Geoffrey (Freddie Bartholomew) jumps on board Queen Mary, the seaman attempting to release a hook from the gangway is seen to fall from the railing...but the scene cuts away before showing whether he fell into the water between ship and pier or onto the gangway. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Soundtracks

London Bridge is Falling Down
Traditional
Played on piano by Doris Lloyd
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Mickey Rooney Steals The Show!
7 July 2000 | by Ron OliverSee all my reviews

A young & talented thief, masquerading as the obnoxious LORD JEFF, is captured and sent to a naval school to rehabilitate. There he meets an Irish lad, whose decent behavior has a profound effect upon him.

Think CAPTAINS COURAGEOUS meets BOYS TOWN, and you have an idea of this good, but unremarkable, little picture. Freddie Bartholomew, coming to the end of his glory days as MGM's reigning child star, is hampered mightily by the fact that his character is so rotten, the audience has an overwhelming desire to loathe him for most of the film. Mickey Rooney, on the other hand, right on the cusp of his tremendous stardom, steals his every scene with his unique & infectious bravado. Notice that the boys get equal billing. That would not happen again. Rooney was the major star from here on out.

The rest of the cast all do a fine job, especially Charles Colburn, Herbert Mundin & Emma Dunn, all memorable as supervisors at the naval school. That's Monty Woolley, soon to be an important character actor, as a London jeweler. Gale Sondergaard (in good disguise) & George Zucco have small roles as the adult thieves, while Terry Kilburn (nicely effective) & Peter Lawford play two of the young fellows.

Movie mavens will recognize Rex Evans as the hotel doorman & Doris Lloyd as the hostess of a party the boys attend.


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