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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.


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


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Because of the objection to the word "nigger", United Artists deleted it from prints to be shown in Negro theaters. Still, the United Negro Improvement Association condemned the film.
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.
Eugene O'Neill's play opened on Broadway, New York City, New York, USA at the Neighborhood Playhouse on 1 November 1920 and ran for 204 performances. Black actor Charles Gilpin played the title role, the first time an important black role was not played by a white man in black-face. There were 3 New York revivals; Paul Robeson played the title character in the 1925 production.
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The Emperor Jones

Released 1933
Inducted 1999
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