Uncle Tom’s Cabin
|Photograph: Silent Era image collection.
Also known as Onkel Toms Hütte in Austria and Germany; La case de l’oncle Tom in France; La cabaña del tío Tom in Spain
B&W : 13 reels
Directed by Harry A. Pollard (Harry Pollard)
Cast: James B. Lowe [Uncle Tom], Virginia Grey [Eva St. Clare], George Siegmann [Simon Legree], Margarita Fischer [Eliza], Eulalie Jensen [Cassie], Arthur Edmund Carew (Arthur Edmund Carewe) [George Harris, a slave], Adolph Milar [Tom Haley], Jack Mower [Mr. Shelby], Vivien Oakland [Mrs. Shelby], J. Gordon Russell [Tom Loker], Skipper Zeliff (Seymour Zeliff) [Edward Harris, a slaveowner], Lassie Lou Ahern [Little Harry Harris], Mona Ray [Topsy], Aileen Mannin (Aileen Manning) [Miss Ophelia], Lucien Littlefield [Lawyer Marks], John Roche [Mr. Augustine St. Clare], Gertrude Astor [Mrs. St. Clare], Gertrude Howard [Aunt Chloe, Uncle Tom’s wife], Geoffrey Grace [the doctor], Rolfe Sedan [Adolph], Marie Foster [the mammy in the St. Clare house], Francis Ford [the lieutenant], Martha Franklin [the landlady], Nelson McDowell [Phineas Fletcher], Grace Carlisle (Grace Carlyle) [Mrs. Fletcher], C.E. Anderson [Johnson], Dick Sutherland [Sambo], Tom Amardares [Quimbo], William Dyer [G.M. Beard, the auctioneer], Irene Lambert [Eliza, as a baby], Matthew Beard [a child], Eugene Jackson [a child], Louise Beavers [a slave at the wedding], Clarence Wilson [a bidder at Eliza’s auction], Madame Sul-Te-Wan [a slave at the wedding], Carla Laemmle [an auction spectator], Jeanette Loff [an auction spectator], Jane LaVerne, Mildred Washington
Universal Pictures Corporation production; distributed by Universal Pictures Corporation. / Produced by Harry A. Pollard. Executive producer, Carl Laemmle. Scenario by Harvey They (Harvey Thew) and A.P. Younger + [Harry A. Pollard], from the novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe. Story supervisor, Edward J. Montagne. Production supervised by Edward J. Montagne and Julius Bernheim. Art direction by Charles D. Hall, W.R. Smith and Joseph Wright (Joseph C. Wright). Costume design by Johanna Mathieson. Technical advisors, Edna Rosalynne Heard + [Colonel George L. Bryam]. Location manager, Jack Lawton. Cinematography by Charles Stumar and Jacob Kull. Intertitles by Walter Anthony. Supervising film editor, Lloyd Nosler. Edited by Gilmore Walker, Daniel Mandell, Byron Robinson and Ted Kent (Ted J. Kent). Music score by Erno Rapee. Presented by Carl Laemmle / © 11 October 1927 by Universal Pictures Corporation [LP24673]. Premiered 4 November 1927 in New York, New York. General release, 2 September 1928. / Standard 35mm spherical 1.37:1 format. / The film was rereleased in the USA with an added Movietone soundtrack of synchronized music by Hugo Riesenfeld and sound effects by Universal Pictures Corporation in 1928. The film was released in Finland on 17 September 1928. The film was released in France as La case de l’oncle Tom on 7 December 1928. The film was released in Germany as Onkel Toms Hütte by Universum-Film Aktiengesellschaft [UFA] in 1928. Betsy Ann Hisle won the role of Little Eva through a national contest with more than 500 contestants, but it would appear that she was replaced by Virginia Grey. The novel was previously filmed as Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1918). / Silent film.
Drama: Historical: Civil War.
Survival status: Print exists in the UCLA Film and Television Archive film archive.
Current rights holder: (unknown)
Keywords: African-Americans - Animals: Dogs - Blackface - Chases - Death - History: USA: American Civil War (1861-1865) - Ice - Slavery
Listing updated: 30 October 2011.
References: Braff-Universal n. 8498; Brownlow-Parade pp. 82, 93, 455; Edmonds-BigU pp. 8, 149; Hirschhorn-Universal p. 56; Kobal-Fifty p. 37; Limbacher-Feature p. 262; Null-Black pp. 25, 27, 59, 76; Pitts-Hollywood p. 7; Skretvedt-LaurelHardy p. 439 : ClasIm-225 p. C8; Photoplay-192801 p. 124 : Website-AFI; Website-IMDb; Website-NFPF : with additional information provided by J. Philip Hysell.
Home video: DVD.