Chased from his apartment by a policeman, ne'er do-well Rastus Jones finds refuge in a Chinese laundry, where he wreaks slapstick havoc and has a memorable encounter with an improperly-filled opium pipe.

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Chased from his apartment by a policeman, ne'er do-well Rastus Jones finds refuge in a Chinese laundry, where he wreaks slapstick havoc and has a memorable encounter with an improperly-filled opium pipe.

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Fair Early Black Cast Film
4 December 2016 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

A Reckless Rover (1918)

** (out of 4)

Sam Robinson plays Rastus Jones who when we first meet him in asleep in bed. A police officer comes to his room to try and arrest him so Rastus runs out and soon takes shelter inside a Chinese shop where more trouble happens.

Sadly, a lot of silent films are now lost. Even sadder is the fact that so many films with black actors are lost. A RECKLESS ROVER isn't a very good movie but at the same time it's still great that it's exists since it does feature an all black cast of actors. The story itself is pretty simple but there's just nothing here that makes the Rastus Jones character all that interesting or entertaining. The story and style is pretty much what you'd expect from a comedy of this era but there's just nothing funny that really happens. Robinson was quite good in his role and he at least held your attention throughout.


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