Rufus Jones for President

Rufus Jones for President is a 1933 American Pre-Code satirical musical-comedy, clocking in at 21 minutes. The film was directed by Roy Mack, and starred Ethel Waters and Sammy Davis Jr., in his first onscreen appearance, as the title character.[1]

Rufus Jones for President
Directed byRoy Mack
Written byA. Dorian Otvos (Story)
Cyrus Wood (Story)
StarringEthel Waters
Sammy Davis Jr.
Music byCliff Hess
CinematographyEdwin B. DuPar
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release date
  • September 9, 1933 (1933-09-09)
Running time
21 minutes
CountryUnited States

Despite a tone that appears to today's audience as racist, it is still considered an important musical short.


Rufus Jones, an African American child, is elected president of the United States in this short musical comedy, which features song and dance numbers by a seven-year-old Sammy Davis Jr.


Rufus Jones for President is currently available from Warner Archive Collection on their six-disc Big Band, Jazz & Swing set of short subjects.


  1. Regester, Charlene B. (2010). African American Actresses: The Struggle for Visibility, 1900-1960. Indiana University Press. p. 268. ISBN 978-0-253-22192-6.
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