LORD JEFF REVIEWED
“Lord Jeff” follows a thieving orphan being taught how to be a Merchant Marine. Mickey Rooney trains the British orphan into becoming a better sailor and what amounts to the most bizarre kids’ film of 1938. Most of the film takes place at sea, even when Jeff’s friends return to turn him back into a crook. You have to consider that the titular character is a plucky young teen during all of this. For a movie that doesn’t crack 90 minutes, that’s a pretty tall order.
Peter Lawford made his American debut in the film as a fellow Merchant Marine cadet. Why bring that up? Well, sometimes you have to resort to trivia to pad out discussing a film that’s as paper thin as a rice paper door. If you’re a fan of classic Hollywood, it’s fun to see what Sam Wood was directing before “Goodbye, Mr. Chips”. Other than that, it’s a minor Mickey Rooney film. We’ll be back to modern stuff tomorrow, kids!
- 1.37:1 standard definition transfer