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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), Cyrus Wood (story)
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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 ... Dancing Ensemble
Russell Wooding Russell Wooding ... Leader of Vocal Ensemble
The Russell Wooding's Jubilee Singers The Russell Wooding's Jubilee Singers ... Vocal Ensemble
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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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Genres:

Comedy | Musical | Short

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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 »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Sammy Davis Jr.'s first film. See more »

Connections

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

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Take an Oath
(uncredited)
Written by Cliff Hess
Performed by cast members
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Historical sociological milestone worth preserving
22 January 2009 | by jeannine-17See all my reviews

Given the opposite circumstance of 2009 where the reality is we do have a black president, this movie takes on quite a powerful historical significance. For entertainment value I found this movie to be both engaging and repugnant. I was quite taken back of course by the blatant racism of the time, but also found the music and dancing incredible. Also it is quite cool to see Sammy Davis Jr as such a very young child actor. He plays Rufus Jones, a young boy who is being consoled by his Mammy. He is told 'Why some day you could be President'. This was so ridiculous in 1933 that it was mocked and thought to be endearing, charming and funny. The bulk of the movie is a fantasy sequence of what the government would be like if it was run by a black man. They depict the seats of government as being like a revivalist Baptist church.

The fact was when I stumbled onto this movie one day it drew me in. It is really well done and very entertaining. I believe if we can look beyond the racism we can see this movie for all it brings us. In fact to realize that it is not only not ridiculous to have a black president, but that it is normal, just makes this movie that much more relevant. It clearly marks a moment in time for our collective consciousness.


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