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The Emperor Jones (1933) was a Drama - Black-and-white Film directed by Dudley Murphy .

The Emperor Jones was inducted into the National Film Registry in 1999.

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Brutus Jones: [With bravado] It takes a silver bullet to kill Brutus Jones.


Brutus Jones: Ain't talking big what makes a man big, s'long as he makes folks believe it?


Smithers: [Jones prepares to escape into the jungle] Give my regards to any ghosts yer 'appen to meet!
Brutus Jones: [pause] If dat ghost have money, I tells him never to haunt you lessen he wants to lose it!


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This movie inspired the creation of the Fiction House Publications villain Broot, an African-American gangster who became an African chieftain. Broot clashed with Ka'a'nga, the Lord of the Jungle, in several early stories in Jungle Comics before being captured by him.
Fredi Washington's scenes were reshot using dark pancake makeup because she looked "too white" in the first rushes. It was feared audiences would think Paul Robeson was embracing a white woman.
About a half-hour of completely original material was added to the movie adaptation in order to give the main character, Brutus Jones, a more detailed backstory, leaving only about 45 minutes from Eugene O'Neill's play.
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National Film Registry

The Emperor Jones

Released 1933
Inducted 1999
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