The Emperor Jones

Synopsis: At a Baptist prayer meeting, the preacher leads a prayer for Brutus Jones, who is leaving to become a railway porter. Jones joins the congregation in a spiritual. Once on the train, Jeff, a porter, shows Jones the ropes. Jones secretly takes up with Jeff's girl, Undine. He makes some money in a deal with a rich businessman on the train. Jones proves to be a cunning manipulator and a good liar. In a crap game, Jones stabs Jeff over a pair of loaded dice. Now doing hard labour, Jones kills a white prison guard and escapes. Shovelling coal on a ship in the Caribbean, Jones swims to an island. He is brought before the island's ruler, where Smithers, a crooked white trader, buys his freedom. Jones schemes his way into a partnership in Smithers' business, then finally control of the entire island through a touch of witchcraft, or so it seems. Brutus declares himself to be The Emperor Jones... Smithers reports on the unrest that Jones' rule is causing. One morning, the palace is empty of serv
Genre: Drama, Music
Production: American Pop Classics
  1 win.
Rotten Tomatoes:
72 min

When I get to heaven

gonna sit down

Walk right in and sit down

My Lord told me to sit down

Sit down and rest a little while

Sit down, sister, sit down

Walk right in and sit down

Oh, I want two wings

To veil my face

I want two wings to fly away

I want two wings

to veil my face

I want two wings to fly away

- Oh, meet me, Jesus, meet me.

- Yeah!

Meet me in the air

- Yeah!

If my two wings fail me

- Yeah!

I'll hitch on another pair

I want two wings

To veil my face

I want two wings to fly away

I want two wings

to veil my face

I want two wings

to fly away

Gentlemenl Gentlemenl

In your chairs, brothers and sisters.

- Amenl

- Amenl

I proposes that we devote the closing prayer

to a faithful member of our flock...

who is leavin' us tonight...

to fill a position of great importance

in foreign parts.

I refers to our brother,

Brutus Jones.

Will you bow y'all's heads

in prayer.

Almighty and everlasting God...

We, the people of Hezekiah Baptist Church...

is gathered together for the purpose

of givin' into your keepin'...

our brother, Brutus Jones.

Yes, Lord, our brother.

- Like the prodigal son in the story...

- Yes!

He's a-settin' out on a far journey!

But this boy ain't like

the prodigal son!

No, he's not!

He ain't like the prodigal!

He ain't shiftless,

and he ain't worthless!


O Lord, he ain't pumped up...

and he ain't vainglorious!


He ain't vainglorious, Lord.

Mm-mmm, honey,

you sure is wonderful in them clothes.

Yeah, I suppose these clothes

is somethin' to look at back here, honey.

Where I been while I been training for the job,

you wouldn't notice 'em.

You oughta see them New York gals

on Lenox Avenue.

Them gals is fast, I bet...

switchin' theirselves

to catch the mens.

But, honey, you wouldn't look

at none of them fast gals...

while you's away from home,

would you?

They ain't none of'em

as pretty in the face like my gal.

And that prodigal son...

he takes the 'heritance

what his pappy gives him...

and he spend it on the fast life.

But not this boy, Lord

No,Jesus, not this boy!

And the prodigal son,

he is a liar!

And the truth ain't in 'im!

But not this boy, Lord

- He got the truth, Lord!

You know, I looks up...

and there's the Capitol building

looking like a palace on the hill.

And the big front door opens...

and the president of the United States

marches down the avenue...

with a band before

and a band behind.

And he comes right up to my car,

and he says, just as natural...

Well, Brutus, you sure is much of a man...

And I, for one, wants to compliment you

on landin' the job."

Honey, they singin'

the closing song at the church.

We's got time. Jeff's train

is gonna pick me up at the water tank.

But you knows they's waitin'

to see you before you go.

I sure hates to leave my gal.

It's me, it's me, it's me, O Lord

Standin'in the need of prayer

Now let me fly

Now let me fly

Now let me fly

Now let me fly

Let me fly unto Mount Zion

Lord, Lord

Now let me fly

Now let me fly

Now let me fly

Now let me fly

- Would you hold my hat, honey?

Let me fly unto Mount Zion, Lord, Lord.

Hello, Susanna!

- Hello, Brutus!

- Hello, brother.

- How you doin'?

- Fine, thank you.

Hello! How are you?

Now let me fly

Now let me fly

Now let me fly

Now let me fly

Unto Mount Zion, Lord, Lord

Now let me fly

Now let me fly

Now let me fly

Now let me fly

Now let me fly unto Mount Zion

Lord, Lord

Now let me fly

Now let me fly

Now let me fly

Now let me fly

Now let me fly unto Mount Zion

Lord, Lord

Way down yonder

in the middle of the field

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DuBose Heyward

Edwin DuBose Heyward (August 31, 1885 – June 16, 1940) was an American author best known for his 1925 novel Porgy. He and his wife Dorothy, a playwright, adapted it as a 1927 play of the same name. The couple worked with composer George Gershwin to adapt the work as the 1935 opera Porgy and Bess. It was later adapted as a 1959 film of the same name. Heyward also wrote poetry and other novels and plays. He wrote the children's book The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes (1939). more…

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