The Emperor Jones (1933)
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The Emperor Jones (1933)
Loosely adapted from Eugene O'Neill's distinguished play, this drama centers on the adventures of the humble railroad porter who through a series of extraordinary events became the emperor of Haiti.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It is a distinguished offering, resolute and firm, with a most compelling portrayal by Paul Robeson."
‑ Mordaunt Hall, New York Times
"The Emperor Jones bludgeoned through color barriers."
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"Paul Robeson gives one of his greatest film performances in this arty, dated, but interesting 1933 adaptation of Eugene O'Neill's play."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Robeson's powerful presence, particularly through his wonderful, mellifluous voice, dominates each scene."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A great performance from the legendary African-American singer Paul Robeson."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Despite its marked deficiencies ... remains a "must see" for historic and cultural purposes"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
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