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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.

Director:

Sam Wood

Writers:

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

The quote at the end of the film is from Dr. Barnardo's memoirs, page 274, published by his widow in 1907. 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

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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BOYS TOWN, British style
9 September 2007 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Freddie Bartholomew played a sophisticated thief who worked with two adult criminals who raised him after his parents' deaths. Because of his sick upbringing, Freddie had no conscience. Despite this, when he was captured by police, he was sent to a training school for orphans, not reform school. However, despite getting a break, Freddie is a jerk and can't help but antagonize his peers--that is until he finally sees the light and turns to the side of goodness and fair play (huzzah).

This film came out the same year as BOYS TOWN and I assume one directly led to the other--as they are essentially the same film with a few changes here and there. Plus, although Mickey Rooney played a different type character, he was in both films--though in LORD JEFF he played a supporting character and Freddie Bartholomew was the lead. Heck, they even had a character in LORD JEFF that was much like Pee Wee, though fortunately, the British version did not have to die to make Freddie see the light! While this is a competent enough film, I was greatly disappointed because Charles Coburn was one of the leading characters BUT he was amazingly conventional. None of his usual pompous but charming persona is present. Apart from that, though, the film is pure late 1930s MGM family fare and is worth a look. But if you've seen BOYS TOWN, then you certainly don't need to see this, as it's just a rehash and predictably formulaic.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

17 June 1938 (USA) See more »

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