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.
|Rufus Jones for President|
|Directed by||Roy Mack|
|Written by||A. Dorian Otvos (Story)|
Cyrus Wood (Story)
Sammy Davis Jr.
|Music by||Cliff Hess|
|Cinematography||Edwin B. DuPar|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros.|
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.
- Regester, Charlene B. (2010). African American Actresses: The Struggle for Visibility, 1900-1960. Indiana University Press. p. 268. ISBN 978-0-253-22192-6.