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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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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!

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

Brutus Jones: They's some things I don't got to be told. I can see 'em in folks' eyes.

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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.
In his autobiography, Paul Robeson said he regretted making the film because it deviated too much from the play.
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National Film Registry

The Emperor Jones

Released 1933
Inducted 1999

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Also directed by Dudley Murphy

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Also released in 1933

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