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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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Musical Monday: The Emperor Jones (1933)

on Feb 6, 2023 From Comet Over Hollywood

It?s no secret that the Hollywood Comet loves musicals. In 2010, I revealed I had seen 400 movie musicals over the course of eight years. Now that number is over 600. To celebrate and share this musical love, here is my weekly feature about musicals. This week?s musical: The Emperor Jones (1933) ? M... Read full article

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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.

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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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.
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.
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.
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National Film Registry

The Emperor Jones

Released 1933
Inducted 1999

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