Dudley Murphy

The Emperor Jones

The Emperor Jones

Of all Paul Robeson's eleven starring film performances, by far his most iconic was his breakthrough in the big-screen adaptation of Eugene O'Neill's The Emperor Jones (1933). He was already a legend for his stage incarnation of Brutus Jones, a Pullman porter who powers his way to the rule of a Caribbean island, but with this, his first sound-era film role, his regal image was married to his booming voice for eternity. With The Emperor Jones, Robeson became the first African-American leading man in mainstream movies and, he said, gained a deeper understanding of cinema's potential to change racial misconceptions. Previously censored, The Emperor Jones is presented here in its most complete form.

Film Info

  • Dudley Murphy
  • United States
  • 1933
  • 105 minutes
  • Black & White
  • 1.33:1
  • English
  • Spine #370

Special Features

FEATURED ON THE DISC PAUL ROBESON: ICON WITH THE SHORT TRIBUTE TO AN ARTIST

  • New digital transfer of The Emperor Jones, created from the best surviving elements
  • Audio commentary for The Emperor Jones by historian Jeffrey C. Stewart
  • Our Paul: Remembering Paul Robeson, a new video program including interviews with filmmaker William Greaves and actors Ruby Dee and James Earl Jones
  • Robeson on Robeson, a new interview with Paul Robeson Jr. about his father's career and art
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing

Available In

Collector's Set

Paul Robeson: Portraits of the Artist

Paul Robeson: Portraits of the Artist

DVD Box Set

4 Discs

$79.96

Special Features

FEATURED ON THE DISC PAUL ROBESON: ICON WITH THE SHORT TRIBUTE TO AN ARTIST

  • New digital transfer of The Emperor Jones, created from the best surviving elements
  • Audio commentary for The Emperor Jones by historian Jeffrey C. Stewart
  • Our Paul: Remembering Paul Robeson, a new video program including interviews with filmmaker William Greaves and actors Ruby Dee and James Earl Jones
  • Robeson on Robeson, a new interview with Paul Robeson Jr. about his father's career and art
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
The Emperor Jones
Cast
Paul Robeson
Brutus Jones
Dudley Digges
Smithers
Frank Wilson
Jeff
Fredi Washington
Undine
Ruby Elzy
Dolly
George Stamper
Lem, the ruler
Blueboy O'Connor
Treasurer
Rex Ingram
Court crier
Jackie "Moms" Mabley
Marcella
Credits
Director
Dudley Murphy
Based on the play by
Eugene O'Neill
Screenplay
DuBose Heyward
Script supervisor
William C. De Mille
Cinematography
Ernest Haller
Art direction
Herman Rosse
Sound
Joseph Kane
Production manager
J. Edward Shugrue
Music
Frank Tours
Vocal arrangements
J. Rosamond Johnson
Editing
Grant Whytock

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