THE CRUISE OF THE JASPER B
Starring Rod La Rocque and Mildred Harris
January 15, 1927
Much money has been spent in the production of this farce-comedy, but its entertainment values are only fair. The trouble is the fact that what the characters do does not arouse intense interest. The outstanding part of the picture is towards the end, where one is thrilled by the bombardment of a vessel by the United States Navy, and by an attack on it by Marines. The cause of it is a misunderstanding - the United States Post Office authorities, thinking that the hero had held up a mail truck and robbed it of a box containing valuable articles, ordered the Marines and the Navy to bombard the Jasper B at its moorings, while the hero and the girl he loved were on it, the hero trying to marry the heroine so that he might inherit the family fortune, in accordance with the terms of a will. There is some comedy where the hero is shown in the house losing his garments, these being taken away, as was every article in the house, by the auctioneer's men, to be auctioned off. Considerable nudity is shown, too, the hero appearing in his B.V.D.'s and pajamas. The heroine, too, appears scantily clad in some of the scenes.
The plot has been founded on the Don Marquis novel; it has
been directed well by James W. Horne, from an adaptation by Zelda
Sears and Tay Garnet. Mr. La Rocque does good work in an indifferent
role. Mildred Harris does well as the heroine. Snitz Edwards,
as the scheming uncle of the heroine, does good work; he contributes
considerable comedy to the piece.
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