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The film opens with a written dedication "to the memory of Dr. Thomas John Barnardo." Barnardo was the founder of homes for orphans in Great Britain, similar to the one featured in the picture. According to a Hollywood Reporter news item, Frank Davis took over as producer of the film from Nat Levine. A full-page ad that appeared in Hollywood Reporter on May 24, 1938 was paid for and notarized by screenwriter James Kevin McGuinness and was headed by the word "Facts" in large type. In the ad, McGuinness lists the total number of lines of dialogue in the film, 1,030, and lists the writer of writers responsible for each line. McGuinness, according to the ad, wrote 853 lines, Walter Ferris 51, director Sam Wood 17, producer Frank Davis 20, Ferris, Val Burton, Endre Bohem and Bradford Ropes collaborated on 37 lines, Ropes, Burton and Bohem collaborated on 48 and Ropes and Burton collaborated on 4. The ad also states that McGuinness was responsible for two-thirds of the story construction, although he claimed no credit for it, and Ferris, Burton, Ropes and Bohem were collectively responsible for one-third. The ad was apparently part of a Screenwriters Guild dispute involving credit for the film. Screen Achievements Bulletin correspondence was unavailable to further document the dispute. Lord Jeff marked the American motion picture debut of British-born actor Peter Lawford.