Paul Robeson as Brutus Jones in The Emperor Jones, circa 1933.
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Robeson dressed as an emperor, sitting on a throne.

Credit: Image Donated by Corbis-Bettmann

Robeson made his film debut in the 1933 film version of The Emperor Jones. His rendition of "Water Boy" in the film's prison rock quarry scene remains one of the most compelling vocal performances in the history of America cinema.

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