The Gang stages their own revisionist version of "Uncle Tom's Cabin" in Mickey's barn. But Joe's mother thinks the back yard needs cleaning, and there are several interruptions when they ... See full summary »

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Joe / 'Uncle Tom' (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
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Jackie (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
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Mickey / 'Simon Legree' (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
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Johnny / 'Marks the Lawyer' (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
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Farina / 'Topsy' (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
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Mary / 'Eva' (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Jay R. Smith ...
Jay (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Clifton Young ...
Bonedust (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
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Piano Player (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Jannie Hoskins ...
Mango (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
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Nancy / 'Ophelia' (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Gabe Saienz ...
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Peggy Eames ...
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Ray Erlenborn ...
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The Gang stages their own revisionist version of "Uncle Tom's Cabin" in Mickey's barn. But Joe's mother thinks the back yard needs cleaning, and there are several interruptions when they lose a leading character. Mickey plays Simon Legree; Mary as Eva; Joe as Uncle Tom; and Farina essays the role of Topsy. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Comedy | Family | Short

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30 May 1926 (USA)  »

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Interesting product of its time
17 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I first saw this at a friend's house on a 16mm projector when I was 12, and this was my introduction to the silent Our Gangs.

Essentially, our heroes try their hand at staging "Uncle Tom's Cabin," and of course everything goes wrong. Slapstick and malapropisms galore! Joe Cobb shouts from the stage "I can't die now, my ma is calling me!" The kids in the audience have a field day peppering the gang with vegetables and garbage to express their disapproval of such corn. Mickey Daniels' (doubling as the MC and Simon Legree) facial reaction to the audience's wrath is priceless and worthy of a good belly laugh in itself.

It's easy to see why this was a hit in 1926 when the original "Uncle Tom's Cabin" was common knowledge to most Americans, but the modern audience would need some familiarity with the story of "Uncle Tom's Cabin" to really "get it." Joe wears blackface to play "Uncle Tom" since Farina, the series' black star, is already on stage as Topsy, but the viewer of today might fail to put this in it's proper context. That aside, it's good for a laugh after a hard day's work (if you can find it-collectors still have to hunt hard for silent Our Gang films in good condition).


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