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The Emperor Jones (1933)

The Emperor Jones (1933) (1933)

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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

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DuBose Heyward

Nov 25, 2003

American Pop Classics

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It is a distinguished offering, resolute and firm, with a most compelling portrayal by Paul Robeson.

October 16, 2007 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Paul Robeson gives one of his greatest film performances in this arty, dated, but interesting 1933 adaptation of Eugene O'Neill's play.

October 16, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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A great performance from the legendary African-American singer Paul Robeson.

January 21, 2008 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The Emperor Jones bludgeoned through color barriers.

October 16, 2007 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

Robeson's powerful presence, particularly through his wonderful, mellifluous voice, dominates each scene.

October 16, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Despite its marked deficiencies ... remains a "must see" for historic and cultural purposes

March 4, 2007 Full Review Source: Old School Reviews

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I didn't watch the whole movie, I got bored. If you want to see a good old African American film, you may find this one interesting, but other than that, it's kind of boring.
September 6, 2010
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