Cruise of the Jasper B

Cruise of the Jasper B is a 1926 American silent action/adventure comedy film produced by Cecil B. DeMille and directed by James W. Horne. The film is loosely based on the 1916 novel of the same name by American poet Don Marquis, although the film adaptation and novel share little in common.[1][2][3]

Cruise of the Jasper B
Directed byJames W. Horne
Produced byCecil B. DeMille
Written byTay Garnett
John W. Krafft
Zelda Sears (screenplay)
Based onCruise of the Jasper B
by Don Marquis
StarringRod La Rocque
Mildred Harris
Snitz Edwards
Jack Ackroyd
Distributed byProducers Distributing Corporation
Release date
December 13, 1926
Running time
60 minutes; 6 reels (5,780 feet)
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent film
English intertitles


The film stars actor Rod La Rocque as 'Jerry Cleggert', a good-natured descendant of an 18th-century pirate who resides aboard the rickety ship Jasper B. Cleggert is informed that in order to inherit a large inheritance, he must marry on his twenty-fifth birthday - otherwise he would relinquish all claims to his impending fortune.

Jerry soon meets his ideal would-be bride Agatha Fairhaven (Mildred Harris) and the two immediately fall in love. Complications arise when the dastardly Reginald Maltravers (Snitz Edwards) attempts to cheat Agatha out of her inheritance.

The courting couple suffer a series of mishaps on the way to altar; they are waylaid en route by a trio of bandits, escape from a runaway taxi cab, and outrun a mob of unscrupulous state authorities.

The weary couple finally manage to wed just before the deadline on board the Jasper B and Cleggert inherits his family fortune.


See also


  1. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2006-12-13. Retrieved 2006-12-28.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) Don Marquis: His Life and Times.
  2. The Cruise of the Jasper B at
  3. The American Film Institute Catalog Feature Films: 1921-30 by The American Film Institute, c. 1971
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