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The Emperor Jones (USA, 1933; directed by Dudley Murphy; based on the 1920 play by Eugene O'Neill). Robeson reprises his stage role, playing Brutus Jones, a Pullman porter who kills a man in a fight over a game of dice, is jailed for murder, and then escapes to a small Caribbean island where he declares himself emperor. Robeson's legendary bass-baritone singing voice is featured in several performances in this film (as well as in the remaining two films of this series). 105 min.