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The novel was first serialized in The National Era, 1851-52. Sam Lucas, a seventy-two-year-old black actor, recreated his role from the Broadway production of the novel. As noted in modern sources, this was the first "white" feature film in which a black actor was the star.
       In addition to the 1918 Paramount version of the story directed by J. Searle Dawley and starring Marguerite Clark (see entry), there have been many other films based on Harriet Beecher Stowe's novel. Among them are 1903 films by both Edison and Lubin; 1910 films by both Thanhouser and Pathé; and a 1928 film produced by Universal, directed by Harry Pollard, and starring James Lowe and Virginia Grey (see entires). In 1958, Universal rereleased the 1928 version, with a musical score composed by Erno Rapee and an introductory sequence starring Raymond Massey as Abraham Lincoln. For the rerelease, Massey also provided a voice-over narration for much of the film. In 1969, an Italian-French production was made, directed by Geza Radvanyi and starring John Kitzmuller and O. W. Fischer (see entry). In addition to the film adaptations, there was a one-hour television version broadcast on the CBS network in 1955 and a 1987 television movie, directed by Stan Lathan, starring Avery Brooks and Kate Burton. ...

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The novel was first serialized in The National Era, 1851-52. Sam Lucas, a seventy-two-year-old black actor, recreated his role from the Broadway production of the novel. As noted in modern sources, this was the first "white" feature film in which a black actor was the star.
       In addition to the 1918 Paramount version of the story directed by J. Searle Dawley and starring Marguerite Clark (see entry), there have been many other films based on Harriet Beecher Stowe's novel. Among them are 1903 films by both Edison and Lubin; 1910 films by both Thanhouser and Pathé; and a 1928 film produced by Universal, directed by Harry Pollard, and starring James Lowe and Virginia Grey (see entires). In 1958, Universal rereleased the 1928 version, with a musical score composed by Erno Rapee and an introductory sequence starring Raymond Massey as Abraham Lincoln. For the rerelease, Massey also provided a voice-over narration for much of the film. In 1969, an Italian-French production was made, directed by Geza Radvanyi and starring John Kitzmuller and O. W. Fischer (see entry). In addition to the film adaptations, there was a one-hour television version broadcast on the CBS network in 1955 and a 1987 television movie, directed by Stan Lathan, starring Avery Brooks and Kate Burton.

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SOURCE CITATIONS
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DATE
PAGE
Motion Picture News
29 Aug 1914
p. 56
Motography
22 Aug 1914
p. 264
Motography
1914
p. x
Moving Picture World
22 Aug 1914
p. 1077, 1152
NYDM
12 Aug 1914
p. 29
Variety
4 Sep 1914
p. 13
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LITERARY
Based on the novel Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe (Boston, 1852) and the play of the same name by George L. Aiken (New York, 18 Jul 1853).
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Release Date:
10 August 1914
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World Producing Corp.
14 August 1914
LU3361
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

George Shelby is forced to sell his faithful slave Uncle Tom and the baby son of Eliza Harris to Haley, a slave trader who holds the mortgage to his farm. Eliza escapes with the child and is able to join her husband George and Vance, both runaway slaves, even though she is pursued by Haley's bloodhounds. Meanwhile, Uncle Tom saves a little white girl, Eva St. Clair, from drowning on the boat ride to Haley's plantation. Her kindly father then buys Tom, but, when Little Eva dies and St. Clair is killed trying to stop a fight, Tom and the other slaves are sold to the brutal Simon Legree. Legree mercilessly beats Tom when Casey, his housekeeper, escapes with Emmeline, his favorite slave, then leaves the old man to die. Just before Tom dies, however, he is found and comforted by George Shelby, Jr. who had been searching for the slave in fulfillment of a promise he had made as a young ...

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George Shelby is forced to sell his faithful slave Uncle Tom and the baby son of Eliza Harris to Haley, a slave trader who holds the mortgage to his farm. Eliza escapes with the child and is able to join her husband George and Vance, both runaway slaves, even though she is pursued by Haley's bloodhounds. Meanwhile, Uncle Tom saves a little white girl, Eva St. Clair, from drowning on the boat ride to Haley's plantation. Her kindly father then buys Tom, but, when Little Eva dies and St. Clair is killed trying to stop a fight, Tom and the other slaves are sold to the brutal Simon Legree. Legree mercilessly beats Tom when Casey, his housekeeper, escapes with Emmeline, his favorite slave, then leaves the old man to die. Just before Tom dies, however, he is found and comforted by George Shelby, Jr. who had been searching for the slave in fulfillment of a promise he had made as a young man.

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