The Emperor Jones

The Emperor Jones

Director: Dudley Murphy Cast: Paul Robeson, Dudley Digges, Frank Wilson


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Adapted by DuBose Heyward from a Eugene O'Neill play, Emperor Jones is one of Paul Robeson's earliest and most powerful leading roles. Railroad porter Brutus Jones (Robeson) leaves his girlfriend Dolly (Ruby Elzy) in favor of Undine (Fredi Washington), but he soon leaves her too. Brutus is a master manipulator, liar, and swindler who murders his friend Jeff (Frank Wilson) over a crap game. He ends up on a chain gang, but escapes to Haiti where the white trader Smithers (Dudley Digges) buys his freedom. He then scams his way into a business partnership with Smithers and becomes rich. He plays tricks on the natives with a gun, proclaiming that only a silver bullet can kill him. The natives believe he is immortal and he declares himself emperor, holding a tyrannical rule over the people. They naturally revolt, and he is forced to escape into the jungle. Brutus disappears into the woods where he hears voices and sees visions, eventually leading up to his suicide.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/22/2016
UPC: 0889290927347
Original Release: 1933
Source: Film Detective
Time: 1:12:00
Sales rank: 79,392

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Paul Robeson Brutus Jones
Dudley Digges Smithers
Frank Wilson Jeff
Fredi Washington Undine
Ruby Elzy Dolly
George Haymid Stamper Lem
Jackie Mayble Marcella
Blueboy O'Connor Treasurer
Brandon Evans Carrington
Rex Ingram Court Crier

Technical Credits
Dudley Murphy Director
Gifford Cochran Producer
William C. DeMille Producer
Ernest Haller Cinematographer
DuBose Heyward Screenwriter
Rosamond Johnson Score Composer
Joseph I. Kane Sound/Sound Designer
John Krimsky Producer
Joseph H. Nadel Asst. Director
Herman Rosse Art Director,Set Decoration/Design
Frank Tours Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Grant Whytock Editor

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