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Uncle Tom's Cabin (1927)

TV-PG | | Drama, History | 2 September 1928 (USA)
Slavery tears apart a black family in the South before the start of the Civil War.

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George Harris (as Arthur Edmund Carew)
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Cassy
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Eva
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Little Harry
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Loker (as Gordon Russell)
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Slavery tears apart a black family in the South before the start of the Civil War.

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$1,500,000 (estimated)
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| (Kino Print) | (edited) (1958 re-release)

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1.33 : 1
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Film debut of Virginia Grey. See more »

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Old Folks at Home (Swanee River)
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Surprisingly Good
8 May 2006 | by See all my reviews

Well I didn't think I'd like this one but it turned out to be pretty good and with a few terrific performances. Based on the 1852 novel by Harriet Beecher Stowe, this silent film is a grand melodrama with all the trimmings and includes some of the most famous characters and scenes in American literature. Oddly there has never been an American talkie version of this classic.

Released by Universal with a "no-star" cast, the film captures most of the highlights from the novel, including Eliza's flight across the frozen river pursued by bloodhounds (very well done), the death of Little Eva, and the villainous Simon Legree. The film gets better as it goes along building to the death of the villain.

Notable perhaps as one of the first mainstream Hollywood films to cast a Black actor in a major role (James B. Lowe as Uncle Tom), most of the other parts are also played by Black actors (but I suspect a few were whites in black face).

Margarita Fisher (in her final film) stars as Eliza, 10-year-old Virginia Grey in her film debut plays Little Eva, George Siegmann is a terrific Simon, Lucien Littlefield is the lawyer, Aileen Manning is Aunt Ophelia, Mona Ray is Topsy, and Eulalie Jensen is wonderful as Cassy. I spotted Clarence Wilson among the auction bidders; Louise Beavers is an extra.

The film was not a great success and Universal lost money but it remains as an interesting film version of the biggest-selling book of the 19th century. I taped this from TCM's May series on Blacks in films......


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