8.0/10
42
3 user 1 critic

Topsy and Eva (1927)

A broad, slapsticky farce using characters from "Uncle Tom's Cabin". It's not a satire on that venerable work, rather a "further adventures of" story, provided Eva didn't die after all. In ... See full summary »

Directors:

Del Lord, D.W. Griffith (uncredited) | 1 more credit »
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

More Like This 

Certificate: Passed Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Gum-chewing frizzy-haired gold-digger Marie Skinner cooks up a scheme with her lover Babe Winsor, a jazz hound, to fleece a portly, middle-aged real estate tycoon, William Judson. Marie ... See full summary »

Director: D.W. Griffith
Stars: Jean Hersholt, Phyllis Haver, Belle Bennett
Certificate: Passed Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Karl, a German diplomat in Paris, discovers that his fiancee, Diane, has been cheating on him. He tells her that he would rather marry a "girl of the streets" than her. Outraged, Diane ... See full summary »

Director: D.W. Griffith
Stars: Lupe Velez, William Boyd, Jetta Goudal
Drums of Love (1928)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A princess is betrothed to a deformed monarch, but falls hard for his handsome brother.

Director: D.W. Griffith
Stars: Mary Philbin, Lionel Barrymore, Don Alvarado
Drama | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Two orphaned sisters are caught up in the turmoil of the French Revolution, encountering misery and love along the way.

Director: D.W. Griffith
Stars: Lillian Gish, Dorothy Gish, Joseph Schildkraut
Certificate: Passed Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

An episodic biography of the 16th President of the United States.

Director: D.W. Griffith
Stars: Walter Huston, Una Merkel, William L. Thorne
America (1924)
Certificate: Passed Drama | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

The story of a family caught up in the American Revolutionary War.

Director: D.W. Griffith
Stars: Neil Hamilton, Carol Dempster, Erville Alderson
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A family of Polish refugees tries to survive in post-World War I Germany. For a while it seems that they are making it, but soon the economic and political deterioration in the country begins to take their toll.

Director: D.W. Griffith
Stars: Carol Dempster, Neil Hamilton, Erville Alderson
The Struggle (1931)
Certificate: Passed Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A young couple's marriage is jeopardized by the husband's descent into alcoholism.

Director: D.W. Griffith
Stars: Hal Skelly, Zita Johann, Charlotte Wynters
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A man murders his wife's lovers, escapes with his daughter to the South Pacific. A detective pursues him, joined by a young man who eventually falls in love with the daughter.

Director: D.W. Griffith
Stars: Carol Dempster, Richard Barthelmess, George MacQuarrie
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A re-edited version of the 'modern' story from Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages (1916).

Director: D.W. Griffith
Stars: Mae Marsh, Robert Harron, Miriam Cooper
Certificate: Passed Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Geoffrey, a young and impoverished writer, is desperately in love with Mavis, who lives at his boardinghouse and is also pursuing a writing career. Unable to marry her because of his ... See full summary »

Director: D.W. Griffith
Stars: Adolphe Menjou, Ricardo Cortez, Carol Dempster
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Judge Foster throws his daughter out because she married a circus man. She leaves her baby girl with Prof. McGargle before she dies. Years later Sally is a dancer with whom Peyton, a son of... See full summary »

Director: D.W. Griffith
Stars: Carol Dempster, W.C. Fields, Alfred Lunt
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
Rosetta Duncan ... Topsy
Vivian Duncan ... Eva
Gibson Gowland ... Simon Leegree
Noble Johnson ... Uncle Tom
Marjorie Daw ... Marietta
Myrtle Ferguson Myrtle Ferguson ... Aunt Ophelia
Nils Asther ... George Shelby
Henry Victor ... St. Claire
Edit

Storyline

A broad, slapsticky farce using characters from "Uncle Tom's Cabin". It's not a satire on that venerable work, rather a "further adventures of" story, provided Eva didn't die after all. In this version, Legree manages to swindle the colonel and take control of his property-including Topsy-if a certain document isn't rescued in time. But Topsy does so and saves the day. Written by WesternOne1

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

They make laughter the national exercise. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 December 1927 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Onkel Toms skyddslingar See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$341,309 (estimated)
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Feature Productions See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Lois Weber refused the opportunity to direct this film because she felt the material was racially insensitive. See more »

Connections

Version of Uncle Tom's Cabin (1910) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Rosetta Duncan Is Great
16 November 2013 | by drednmSee all my reviews

The film debut of the famed Duncan Sisters (Rosetta and Vivian), the film is an amalgam of their musical stage hit and the play by Catherine Chisholm Cushing, which was based on the novel by Harriet Beecher Stowe. The Duncan sisters rely very much on their musical version, obviously minus the banter and hit songs. Into this stew came director Lois Weber, who bailed early on. In came Del Lord, a Keystone Kop and director of shorts (an odd choice indeed). Finally, D.W. Griffith was brought in during the last week or so in an attempt to bring some narrative sense to what the sisters and director had wrought.

The end product probably matches the Duncan Sisters' view more than Lord's (assuming he had one) with Rosetta as Topsy and very much the star. Even Vivian as Eva is shunted into a supporting role (with no songs to sing), although she looks quite fetching with her masses of blonde hair. Others in the cast include Nils Asther as Shelby, Gibson Gowland excellent as Simon Legree, Myrtle Ferguson as Ophelia, Noble Johnson as Uncle Tom, Marjorie Daw as Marietta, and Henry Victor as St. Claire. Carla Laemmle plays the angel. Also in the crowds are Lionel Belmore, Dot Farley, and Mary Nolan.

Released thru United Artists and produced by Joseph Schenck (the closing logo is an oval with "MP" prominent and with "PDA" beneath), the film has the reputation of being a flop but may not have been as big a dud as rumor has it. During the initial big-city run, the Duncan Sisters toured with the film and performed a pre-show act with their hit songs from the stage production. This portion of the film's release did big business, but after the sisters left and the film played smaller cities and towns, it died. Still, it seems to have about broken even.

The Sisters then had cameos in the W.C. Fields film TWO FLAMING YOUTHS (now lost). MGM wanted them for THE Broadway MELODY, but they were tied up with a stage tour. But they did star in the underrated IT'S A GREAT LIFE in 1929, which was a modest hit. They were signed for the aborted THE MARCH OF TIME and appeared in a short (SURPRISE!) in 1935, yet again recycling Topsy and Eva with Clarence Nordstrom as the male lead.

The racially insensitive elements in the film along with the major character in black face doom this one from ever being seen by a wide audience. The pity is that Rosetta Duncan's great comic performance, which compares favorably on many levels to all those spunky/bratty Mary Pickford girls, is pretty much lost to the ages.


14 of 14 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 3 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed