It’s no secret that the Hollywood Comet loves musicals.
In 2010, I revealed I had seen 400 movie musicals over the course of eight years. Now that number is over 600. To celebrate and share this musical love, here is my weekly feature about musicals.
This week’s musical:
The Emperor Jones (1933) – Musical #730
Paul Robeson, Dudley Digges, Frank H. Wilson, Fredi Washington, Ruby Elzy, George Haymid Stamper, Moms Mabley (uncredited), Rex Ingram (uncredited), Harold Nicholas (uncredited), Billie Holiday (uncredited)
Brutus Jones (Robeson) leaves home after being hired as a Pullman porter on a train. Jones does well for himself, until he fights with his best friend (Wilson) and ends up killing him. Jailed for murder, Jones escapes from prison. Jones hops a freighter shoveling coal and jumps off the boat to swim to a remote island. On the island, Jones works himself up to being the emperor of the people.