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Rufus Jones for President (1933)

Rufus Jones, a black child, is elected President of the United States in this short musical comedy. The film features song and dance numbers by a seven year old Sammy Davis Jr..

Director:

Roy Mack

Writers:

A. Dorian Otvos (story by), Cyrus Wood (story by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ethel Waters ... Mother of Rufus Jones
Sammy Davis Jr. ... Rufus Jones (as Sammy Davis)
Hamtree Harrington Hamtree Harrington
Dusty Fletcher Dusty Fletcher
Edgar Connor Edgar Connor
The Will Vodery Girls The Will Vodery Girls ... The Will Vodery Girls
The Russell Wooding's Jubilee Singers The Russell Wooding's Jubilee Singers ... The Russell Wooding's Jubilee Singers
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Rufus Jones, a black child, is elected President of the United States in this short musical comedy. The film features song and dance numbers by a seven year old Sammy Davis Jr.. Written by Thomas McWilliams <tgm@netcom.com>

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Comedy | Musical | Short

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Trivia

In 1933, when this film was released, the idea of an African-American man being elected president of the United States was considered implausible. 75 years later, Americans elected the county's first black president, Barack Obama. See more »

Quotes

Mother of Rufus Jones: [singing] We also drink our gin, puff our reefers, when we're feelin' low, Then we're ready to step out and take charge of any so-and-so, Don't stop for law, nor traffic, when we're rarin' to go...
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Connections

Featured in That's Dancing! (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

Lullaby
(uncredited)
Written by Cliff Hess
Performed by Ethel Waters
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Ethel Waters- Truly a Black Legend!
9 July 2002 | by msladysoulSee 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 September 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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