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The Cruise of the Jasper B (Silent)

Starring: Mildred Harris Director: James W. Horne
Action-packed Cecil B. DeMille production. A descendant of an infamous pirate must marry by his twenty-fifth birthday or forfeit his inheritance. Hilarious mishaps occur on the way to the altar.
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 2 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1925
  • Label: Alpha Video
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)

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Description by OLDIES.com:

According to his pirate ancestors' family tradition, Jerry Cleggett must marry on the deck of the ancient sailing ship, The Jasper B, on his 25th birthday, or lose his inheritance. Just in the nick of time, he finds a worthy soul-mate in beautiful heiress Agatha Fairhaven. But as the two lovebirds race to reach The Jasper B before sundown, gangsters, the federal authorities, and Agatha's stepbrother who stands to lose a fortune if the couple wed, are all converging to make sure that the nuptials are not allowed to take place.

Dashing shirtless star Rod La Rocque headlined this fine Cecil B. DeMille production three years after rocketing to fame in the director's 1923 masterpiece, The Ten Commandments. After a high-profile marriage to beautiful silent star Vilma Banky, La Rocque made a successful transition to sound, appearing in classics such as The Hunchback Of Notre Dame (1939) and Meet John Doe (1941) before retiring to a successful real estate career.

Product Description:

Produced by none other than Cecil B. DeMille, this riotous silent comedy stars Rod La Rocque as Jerry Cleggert, a descendant of a notorious family of pirates forced to marry on the deck of the rotting "Jasper B." or forfeit a large inheritance. Jerry finds the perfect would-be spouse in pretty Agatha Fairhaven (Mildred Harris but the couple are waylaid en route to the important nuptials by a gang of bandits. The highlight of the comedy was a wild spree in a driverless taxi cap pursued not only by the gangsters but by local, state and Federal authorities as well. Needless to say, the exasperated couple manages to say their "I dos" right before the deadline. Leading lady Mildred Harris was the first wife of comedy star Charles Chaplin, a fact she reportedly never let anyone forget.

Plot Keywords:

Pirates | Romantic Comedy | Silent | Weddings
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Customer Rating: Rating 4.5
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Rating 4.0 A wonderfully wacky romp! Movie Lover: from CULPEPER, VA US -- August, 7, 2014

I knew about this film but had never had the opportunity to see it until now. It's a very silly film from story to characterizations to situations to the very titles within the film! I really enjoyed Rod LaRocque's performance--he breezes through this plot, tongue in cheek, with more than a nod to Fairbanks ( who had recently played "the Black Pirate"). In a nod to the female members of the audience, ways were found to keep Mr. LaRocque's handsome bare chest on display for most of the film, something which nay gave been in his contract. The film has a nice comedy pedigree, combining the talents of Tay Garnett (script), John Krafft (titles), and James W. Horne (direction). It's a good looking copy, too--nice image contrast and legible titles, which always makes a silent film more enjoyable!

The only downside to this release is one of, if not THE worst musical score in the history of silent film. It's slow and ponderous, which just doesn't work for a film this peppy and fast-paced. I got tired of being drawn out of the story by this train wreck of a score, so I finally turned the sound off and played an Internet radio station of Isham Jones' music from the 1920's--much, much better.

So, I do recommend this DVD, highly. Just find yourself some other music!


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  • Sales Rank: 12,225
  • UPC: 089218678096
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