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The Emperor Jones
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Director:
Writers:
Eugene O'Neill (play)
DuBose Heyward (screenplay)
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Release Date:
29 September 1933 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
Unscrupulously ambitious Brutus Jones escapes from jail after killing a guard and through bluff and bravado finds himself the emperor of a Caribbean island. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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User Reviews:
Good Leading Performance Makes Up for Ludicrous Plot See more (17 total) »

Cast

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Paul Robeson ... Brutus Jones
Dudley Digges ... Smithers
Frank H. Wilson ... Jeff (as Frank Wilson)
Fredi Washington ... Undine
Ruby Elzy ... Dolly
George Haymid Stamper ... Lem (as George Stamper)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Brandon Evans ... Carrington (uncredited)
Taylor Gordon ... Stick-man (uncredited)

Billie Holiday ... Extra in Nightclub Scene (uncredited)

Rex Ingram ... Court Crier (uncredited)
James P. Johnson ... Pianist (uncredited)

Moms Mabley ... Marcella (uncredited)
Harold Nicholas ... Young Tap Dancer (uncredited)
Blueboy O'Connor ... Treasurer (uncredited)
Fritz Pollard ... Extra in Nightclub Scene (uncredited)
Lorenzo Tucker ... Extra in Nightclub Scene (uncredited)

Directed by
Dudley Murphy 
William C. de Mille (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
Eugene O'Neill (play "The Emperor Jones")

DuBose Heyward (screenplay) (as Du-Bose Heyward)

DuBose Heyward  additional scenes (uncredited)

Produced by
Gifford Cochran .... producer (uncredited)
John Krimsky .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Frank Tours 
 
Cinematography by
Ernest Haller 
 
Film Editing by
Grant Whytock 
 
Art Direction by
Herman Rosse 
 
Production Management
J. Edward Shugrue .... production manager
George Knafka .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Joseph H. Nadel .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Joseph I. Kane .... sound engineer (as Joseph Kane)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jack Shalitt .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Fritz Pollard .... casting associate (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Rosamond Johnson .... vocal arranger (as J. Rosamond Johnson)
Max Manne .... music synchronization
Frank Tours .... musical director
 
Other crew
Gifford Cochran .... presenter
William C. de Mille .... supervisor (as William C. de-Mille)
John Krimsky .... presenter
 
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Runtime:
72 min | 76 min (2003 restored version) | USA:80 min (original version)
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
Canada:G (Ontario) | Finland:K-16 (1936) | Finland:(Banned) (1934) | UK:A | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #1316-R, 29 August 1935 for re-release)

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Trivia:
Film debut (uncredited, in a crowd scene) of Billie Holiday.See more »
Quotes:
Smithers:[Jones prepares to escape into the jungle] Give my regards to any ghosts yer 'appen to meet!
Brutus Jones:[pause] If dat ghost have money, I tells him never to haunt you lessen he wants to lose it!
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Movie Connections:
Featured in Ethnic Notions (1986)See more »
Soundtrack:
St. Louis BluesSee more »

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14 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Good Leading Performance Makes Up for Ludicrous Plot, 23 July 2001
Author: Snow Leopard from Ohio

A good lead performance by Paul Robeson makes "The Emperor Jones" worth watching despite a lack of any other outstanding characteristics. The plot, which can be blamed on playwright Eugene O'Neill, is ludicrously bad, managing to have a complete lack of credibility while being overly melodramatic at the same time. And yet it affords Robeson a chance to show what he can do with a difficult character.

The basic idea is that Brutus Jones, by a very improbable chain of events, goes from being a railway porter to a convict to the 'emperor' of a Caribbean island. The production is mediocre, and most of the other characters are routine, although the cast is fairly good under the circumstances. Robeson keeps it from falling apart by being convincing in the many different stages of his character's life - he shows quite a range of acting abilities in a short film.

And he is basically the only reason to watch. The talented Robeson apparently never had many chances at really good roles (whether that was because of his race, or for some other reason), and it's too bad that he never got the chance to show what he could do in a quality film, since he does quite a good job here without much to work with.

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