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Uncle Tom's Cabin

Uncle Tom's Cabin

James B. Lowe
Director: Harry A. Pollard Cast: James B. Lowe
James B. Lowe
, Eulalie Jensen
Eulalie Jensen
, Margarita Fischer
Margarita Fischer
Harry A. Pollard


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D. W. Griffith had originally been announced as the director of the Universal "super-production" version of Uncle Tom's Cabin, but negotiations fell through and the job went to studio workhorse Harry A. Pollard. Running 141 minutes, this was the most elaborate filmization of the Harriet Beecher Stowe "abolition" classic to date, and even though it wasn't entirely faithful to its source, audiences went home satisfied. James B. Lowe stars as bloody but unbowed slave Uncle Tom (a role traditionally assigned to a white man in blackface!), while George Siegmann, drooling tobacco juice and brandishing a whip with furious abandon, is Evil Personified as Simon Legree. Other familiar roles were filled by Margarita Fischer (a somewhat long-in-tooth Eliza), Virginia Grey (Eva), Mona Ray (Topsy) and Lucien Littlefield (Lawyer Marks) The film owes more to the theatrical versions of Uncle Tom's Cabin than the novel, including the escape of Eliza across the ice, an incident that was invented for the stage. Budgeted at one million dollars, Uncle Tom's Cabin had to be released several times in the 1930s to break even. Excerpts from the film later showed up in the opening scenes of 1955's Abbott and Costello Meet the Keystone Kops.

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Product Details

Release Date: 08/20/2019
UPC: 0738329239299
Original Release: 1927
Rating: NR
Source: Kino Classics
Time: 1:52:00
Sales rank: 34,181

Special Features

2K restoration of the original 1927 release with Movietone score by Erno Rapee; Complete 1958 re-issue version, introduced and narrated by Raymond Massey; Audio Commentary by historian Edward J. Blum; Booklet essay by film historian David Pierce; New 2k master of the 1914 World Film version, starring Sam Lucas, preserved by the Library of Congress, music by Andrew Earle Simpson; New 2k master of the 1910 Vitagraph version, Directed by J. Stuart Blackton

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
James B. Lowe Actor
Eulalie Jensen Cassey
Margarita Fischer Eliza
Virginia Grey Eva
Mona Ray Topsy
George Seigmann Simon Legree
Lucien Littlefield Lawyer Marks
Louise Beavers Actor

Technical Credits
Harry A. Pollard Director,Screenwriter
Jacob Kull Cinematographer
Hugo Riesenfeld Score Composer
Charles Stumar Cinematographer
Harvey Thew Screenwriter

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