Captain Jeffrey Edgar Spaulding is a fictional character in the Broadway musical Animal Crackers and the film of the same name. He is originally played by actor Groucho Marx, one of the Marx Brothers, in both productions. Despite his middle name being Edgar he is known as Jeffrey T. Spaulding; also his first name is spelt Geoffrey in parts of the film.
Spaulding is a famous explorer on return from a trek across Africa to be the guest of honor at a high-society party thrown by Mrs. Rittenhouse (Margaret Dumont). She frequently claims that Spaulding is one of the most courageous travellers in the world but his own accounts of his safari reveal his cowardice. At the party, which is taking place over a weekend, a valuable painting is stolen and he along with the police and his secretary Jamison (Zeppo Marx), try to recover it.
In the 1939 Marx Brothers' film, At the Circus, J. Cheever Loophole (also played by Groucho Marx) sings a rendition of "Lydia the Tattooed Lady" and one line references Lydia having a tattoo of Captain Spaulding exploring the Amazon.