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Lord Jeff (1938)

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

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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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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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) and by New Haven CT Friday 12 April 1957 on WNHC (Channel 8); it was first aired in Honolulu 26 May 1957 on KHVH (Channel 13), in Hartford CT 7 June 1957 on WHCT (Channel 18), in Chicago 10 July 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2), in both Portland OR and in Miami 26 July 1957 on KGW (Channel 8) and on WCKT (Channel 7), in Norfolk VA 7 January 1958 on WTAR (Channel 3), in Salt Lake City 1 October 1958 on KTVT (Channel 4), in Spokane 6 October 1958 on KHQ (Channel 6), and finally 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 »

Goofs

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

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

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London Bridge is Falling Down
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Played on piano by Doris Lloyd
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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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