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|The Emperor Jones|
|Written by||Eugene O'Neill (play)|
|Directed by||Fielder Cook|
|Starring|| Ossie Davis |
|Country of origin||United States|
|Running time||60 minutes|
|Original release||23 February 1955|
|"The Emperor Jones"|
|Kraft Television Theatre episode|
|Episode no.||Season 8|
|Original air date||23 February 1955|
The Emperor Jones is a 1955 film adaptation of the 1920 Eugene O'Neill play of the same title produced for the Kraft Television Theatre anthology series. It was directed by Fielder Cookand starred Ossie Davis in the title role.
O'Neill's play opened on Broadway, New York City, New York, USA at the Neighborhood Playhouse on 1 November 1920 and ran for 204 performances.
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