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Rufus Jones, a black child, is elected president of the USA in this short musical comedy. Features song and dance numbers by a seven year old 'Sammy Davis Jr.'.



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Complete credited cast:
Mother of Rufus Jones
Rufus Jones (as Sammy Davis)
Hamtree Harrington
Dusty Fletcher
Edgar Connor
The Will Vodery Girls ...
Dancing Ensemble
Russell Wooding ...
Leader of Vocal Ensemble
The Russell Wooding's Jubilee Singers ...
Vocal Ensemble


Rufus Jones, a black child, is elected president of the USA in this short musical comedy. Features song and dance numbers by a seven year old 'Sammy Davis Jr.'. Written by Thomas McWilliams <>

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Comedy | Musical | Short





Release Date:

9 September 1933 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Broadway Brevities (1933-1934 season) #2: Rufus Jones for President  »

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1.37 : 1
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Vitaphone production reels #1553-1554. See more »


Featured in Added Attractions: The Hollywood Shorts Story (2002) See more »


Am I Blue?
Music by Harry Akst
Lyrics by Grant Clarke
Performed by Ethel Waters
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Ethel Waters- Truly a Black Legend!
9 July 2002 | by (Michigan) – See all my reviews

Ethel Waters is great in this short film. She sings some great song, probably white people will take offense to one of her songs "Underneath our Harlem Moon", but black folks understand it. Ethel Waters sit the standards in music and movies for blacks, she was one of the first blacks to sing on white radio, her songs were sung by everyone, she was praised by both black and whites, her voice appealed to everyone. Sammy Davis Jr. is great, he's young, but its evident to see why he made it. You think Michael Jackson and Frankie Lymon was great, well Sammy Davis Jr. is great in this, not shy at all. Great dancing and singing by well-known singing of that time. Check this one out if you can. Turner Classic Movies shows if from time to time, search hard for this one, but when you'll find it, you'll treasure it.

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