The Emperor Jones
The Emperor Jones (1933)

Adapted by DuBose Heyward from a Eugene O'Neill play, Emperor Jones is one of Paul Robeson's earliest and most powerful leading roles. Railroad porter Brutus Jones (Robeson) leaves his girlfriend Dolly (Ruby Elzy) in favor of Undine… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1933
DVD Release Date: November 25, 2003
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Critic Score: 83% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Mordaunt Hall
New York Times

It is a distinguished offering, resolute and firm, with a most compelling portrayal by Paul Robeson.

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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

The Emperor Jones bludgeoned through color barriers.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Paul Robeson gives one of his greatest film performances in this arty, dated, but interesting 1933 adaptation of Eugene O'Neill's play.

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TV Guide

Robeson's powerful presence, particularly through his wonderful, mellifluous voice, dominates each scene.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A great performance from the legendary African-American singer Paul Robeson.

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John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

Despite its marked deficiencies ... remains a "must see" for historic and cultural purposes

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Aj V
I didn't watch the whole movie, I got bored. If you want to see a good old African American film, you may find this one interesting, but other than that,… More