The Emperor Jones

Jones is conscripted to a chain gang after killing a fellow gambler, and escapes by clubbing a guard. On the run, he gets a job on a ship in the Caribbean. When he is captured by the natives, his freedom is bought by a white trader. Jones tricks the tribe and becomes emperor, but is outrun by his own magic.

Unscrupulously ambitious Brutus Jones escapes from jail after killing a guard and through bluff and bravado finds himself the emperor of a Caribbean island.