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
Jan 1, 1933 Wide
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.
Paul Robeson gives one of his greatest film performances in this arty, dated, but interesting 1933 adaptation of Eugene O'Neill's play.
A great performance from the legendary African-American singer Paul Robeson.
Robeson's powerful presence, particularly through his wonderful, mellifluous voice, dominates each scene.
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