The Great Jasper
Theatrical release poster
Directed byJ. Walter Ruben
Written byH.W. Hanemann
Samuel Ornitz
Based onThe Great Jasper
by Fulton Oursler
Produced byDavid O. Selznick
StarringRichard Dix
Edna May Oliver
Florence Eldridge
Wera Engels
Walter Walker
CinematographyLeo Tover
Edited byGeorge Hively
Music byMax Steiner
Distributed byRKO Pictures
Release date
  • February 17, 1933 (1933-02-17)
Running time
85 minutes
CountryUnited States

The Great Jasper is a 1933 American pre-Code drama film directed by J. Walter Ruben and written by H.W. Hanemann and Samuel Ornitz. The film stars Richard Dix, Edna May Oliver, Florence Eldridge, Wera Engels and Walter Walker. The film was released on February 17, 1933, by RKO Pictures.[1][2][3]


The Great Jasper is a romantic drama which opens in the early days of the 20th century when Jasper Horn is introduced as a lively Irish driver of a New York City horse-drawn street car. Although Jasper is married and has a baby son, he has an affair with his bosses wife. Ten years later the boss discovers the true father of the boy he thought was his son, and fires Jasper. Jasper leaves his wife and child and becomes a boardwalk fortune-teller in Atlantic City, who begins to call himself The Great Jasper. Another 15 years pass and we discover that one of Jasper's sons has unfortunately become similar in behavior to Jasper.[4]



  1. ^ "The Great Jasper (1933) - Overview". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved September 9, 2014.
  2. ^ "Movie Review - The Great Jasper - Richard Dix, Wera Engels and Florence Eldridge in an Adaptation of a Novel by Fulton Oursley". Retrieved September 9, 2014.
  3. ^ "The Great Jasper Trailer, Reviews and Schedule for The Great Jasper". TV Guide. Retrieved September 9, 2014.
  4. ^ The Great Jasper (1933) - IMDb, retrieved January 19, 2021