Uncle Tom's Cabin (1927 film)

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Uncle Tom's Cabin
Uncle Tom's Cabin poster.jpg
Film poster
Directed byHarry A. Pollard
Produced byCarl Laemmle
Written byHarvey F. Thew (continuity)
A. P. Younger (continuity)
Walter Anthony (intertitles)
Based onUncle Tom's Cabin
by Harriett Beecher Stowe
StarringMargarita Fischer
Arthur Edmund Carewe
George Siegmann
Music byErno Rapee
Hugo Riesenfeld (1928 re-release in Movietone)
CinematographyCharles Stumar
Jacob Kull
Edited byGilmore Walker
Daniel Mandell
Byron Robinson
Ted Kent
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • November 4, 1927 (1927-11-04)
Running time
112 minutes (13 reels)
CountryUnited States
English intertitles

Uncle Tom's Cabin (1927) is a silent film directed by Harry A. Pollard and released by Universal Pictures. The film is based on the 1852 novel Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriett Beecher Stowe and was the last silent film version. A copy is preserved at the Library of Congress.[1]

In this version of the film, all of the major slave roles, with the exception of Uncle Tom himself, were portrayed by white actors. Actress Mona Ray played the slave Topsy in blackface, while the slaves Eliza, George, Cassie and Harry were all presented as having very light skin coloring because of mixed-race heritage. This film was released on DVD in 1999 by Kino.[2]

The title role was originally played by the notable stage actor Charles Gilpin but he quit amid onset dissatisfaction with the depiction of the role and was replaced by James B. Lowe, reshooting the sections already filmed with Gilpin.[3]

The film was rereleased in 1958 with sound added and narration by Raymond Massey.[4]



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  1. ^ Catalog of Holdings The American Film Institute Collection and The United Artist Collection at The Library of Congress, by The American Film Institute,c.1978
  2. ^ Uncle Tom's Cabin at the silentera.com database
  3. ^ Blacks in Films, Jim Pines ISBN 0289 70326 3
  4. ^ Blacks in Films, Jim Pines ISBN 0289 70326 3

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