Uncle Tom's Cabin

[1928 general release version]

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"There are few, I believe, in
 this enlightened age who
 will not acknowledge that
 slavery as an institution is
 a moral and political evil."

           Robert E. Lee
           Dec. 27, 1856

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In the year of our
 Lord, 1856.

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The Kentucky home of the 
 Shelbys -- an honored
name in the South since
Revolutionary days.

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"What an original idea, Mrs. 
Shelby -- making a social
  event of the wedding of
          slaves."

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"We raised Eliza from a baby
-- she couldn't have had a
better education or training if
she had been our daughter."

6
"Salome -- where are 
   the children?"

7
"Dunno whar dey is,
   Missy 'Liza."

8 [animated text]
"BOO!"

9 [animated text]
"LIZA'S GOIN' TO GIT MARRIED!
 LIZA'S GOIN' TO GIT MARRIED!"

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Mr. and Mrs. Shelby, whose
  gentle rule of the slaves
was typical of the South.

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"Mr. Shelby is going to tell 
George to get ready for the 
wedding -- so you'd better 
       hurry, Eliza."

12 [animated text]
"LIZA'S GOIN' TO GIT MARRIED!
 LIZA'S GOIN' TO GIT MARRIED!"

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George Harris, the bride-
groom -- a slave 'rented'
to Mr. Shelby by the month.

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"You've done enough work 
for today, George -- better
   get ready for your
        wedding."

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Tom Haley -- a man 
  of business.

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"Shelby, I hope you're not 
forgetting, one of your notes 
       is due today."

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"I sent Uncle Tom to 
Cincinnati for the 
      money."

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"-- you sent a slave into a
free state for money -- and
   you think he's coming
          back?"

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"Land's sake! Dey's gettin'
 married jes' like white
        folks --"

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"-- almost."

21
"-- dey is white folks --"

22
"-- almost."

23
Moonlight bathing the old
  Kentucky home in
radiance -- romance in
the winged and perfumed
breezes of the night.

24
Uncle Tom. For three
 generations his ances-
tors had been contented
servitors in the Shelby
family.

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Uncle Tom's cabin.

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Edward Harris, owner of 
  the body and brain of 
George Harris.

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"I came to get my slave."

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"-- and when Mr. Shelby 
buys my freedom, I'll buy 
      yours, Eliza."

29
"What do you mean -- get-
tin' married without my 
       consent?"

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"I've done nothing to 
be ashamed of, sir."

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"Call me Master!"

32
"Please, Mr. Harris -- don't
be so cruel! Can't you respect 
        their love?"

33
"Love -- what do they 
  know about love?"

34
"Mr. Harris, we want to 
buy George -- what is 
     your price?"

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"-- he ain't for sale!"

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The years brought harsher 
  bondage to George, but
were blessed by the love of a
baby boy --

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During the years that 
 passed, Haley had
'Helped' Shelby with many
loans on a basis - strictly
business.

38
"I couldn't think of parting 
with Uncle Tom -- he's like 
    one of the family."

39
"Well, you haven't got the 
money - and a Shelby always 
     pays his bills!"

40
"George -- you're running
away from your Master!"

41
"What has he done 
  now, George?"

42
 "He is forcing me to 
marry one of his slaves --
       tonight!"

43
"Hello, Jim Crow!"

44
"-- how about a little
        dance?"

45
"Once I get to Canada, Eliza, 
I'll earn your freedom and 
         Harry's."

46
"Well -- do I get Tom?"

47
"You've got me, Haley, where
I can't refuse -- Uncle Tom 
         is yours."

48
"Of course, you realize, even
   Tom doesn't cover your 
          note --"

49
"But that's a small 
     matter --"

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"- and George, promise you'll
buy Harry's freedom first.
He's so bright - so beautiful 
      -- I'm afraid --"

51
"Don't worry, dearest -- Mr.
  Shelby would never sell 
         our Harry."

52
"Throw in little Jim Crow 
with Tom, and I'll cancel 
       the note."

53
"Shelby, I'd hate to foreclose  
   you -- on account of your 
         wife, but --"

54
"Speak up, Shelby --
    yes or no!"

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"I have no choice -- Tom 
  and Harry are yours."

56
"I -- I was looking for 
     my baby, sir."

57
But no echo of sadness
 reached Uncle Tom's 
cabin.

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"We's got a lot to be 
  thankful for --"

59
"De Lord's been mighty
     good to us."

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"Tom -- Mr. Shelby has
    sold my baby!"

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"And he's sold 
  you, too."

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"Tom, you must go 
    with me!"

63
"My duty is here, chile -- go,
     and God bless you."

64
"Mighty funny to me -- I
 buy the boy and then he
       disappears!"

65
"My man, George, has run 
  away -- the dogs have 
    tracked him here!"

66
"I'll bet he's run away with 
    Eliza and her boy!"

67
"My bloodhounds are out-
      side, Haley --
        come on!"

68
"I hope they never 
    catch them."

69
  "No human can cross that 
  river tonight and the dogs 
can't track in this storm. Let's
     warm up at the Inn."

70
"We're looking for George 
Harris, a yellow boy, and a 
light girl with her baby."

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"I'm a lawyer, and my 
    name is Marks."

72
"Well -- did you 
   see them?"

73
"I'm a lawyer, and my 
    name is Marks."

74
"I know you and your
business of catching run-
aways. Have you seen 
       'em?"

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"A hundred dollars 
   for the kid."

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"And how much for 
    the girl?"

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"Nothing -- she belongs 
      to Shelby."

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"We'll let them have the kid, 
  but we'll sell the mother 
      down the river."

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Phineas Fletcher, on the
  North shore of the river -
a Quaker in a free state.

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"This way quick -- the
 falls are just below!"

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Though in a free state, Eliza
  was subject to the Dred 
Scott decision -- a slave could
 be taken wherever found.

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   "Thy husband has crossed
the river, too! He'll start for
      Canada with thee --
          after dark."

83
"She's in there, Loker! We'll
 grab 'em both and take 'em 
       down the river."

84
"Get her, Officer, before
   she escapes again."

85
Uncle Tom, caught in the
 black and hopeless stream 
of human souls -- destined
down the river.

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Down the river.

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Augustine St. Clare, of
 New Orleans.

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Miss Ophelia, his cousin
  from Vermont.

89
"How shiftless!"

90
"Land o' Goshen, Eva!
 What are you up to 
        now?"

91
"I always take goodies to the
   negroes -- downstairs."

92
"Did you make it all
      yourself?"

93
"I's made hundreds of dem
 fo' my children, back in
        Kaintucky."

94
Always haunting the river
 boats, risking capture and
punishment -- searching for
his wife and baby.

95
"Well, if it ain't George 
 Harris -- the runaway."

96
"Guess I'll send you back to 
       your master --"

97
Stolen by Marks and
 Loker -- chained to
their string of human
freight, Eliza and Harry
await shipment -- down
the river.

98
"Once the girl and the baby
 are on the boat, who can
 tell them from the slaves
        we bought."

99
"Uncle Tom, I'm going to 
  ask Papa to buy you."

100
"Haley's aboard! If you want
to keep your kid -- lay low."

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"Do you think you'll be happy
 with your little mistress?"

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Lemuel Proctor --
 plantation owner.

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"I'll give you three hundred 
    dollars for the boy."

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"Four hundred -- and not
      a cent more."

105
"I take my slaves off at the 
  next landing. Get the boy 
           ready."

106
"Now you're goin' for a nice, 
         long walk."

107
"Mama! Mama!"

108
"A house divided against itself
cannot stand. I do not believe that
this Government can permanently
endure, half slave and half free."

109
Friday, April 12, 1861
 - - Fort Sumter
 is fired upon.

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The St. Clare home in
  New Orleans.

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Little Eva's spirit touched
  the life of Uncle Tom,
like a sunbeam in a darkened
room.

112
"-- That means you can go 
  home to your wife and 
         babies!"

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"TOPSY!"

114
"Yes, Miss Feely --"

115
"Topsy, where are you?"

116
"Heah I is, Miss Feely."

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"What are you doing?"

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"I is pickin' flowers."

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"Don't you know you mustn't 
        pick them?"

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"But I's pickin' dem for 
       Missy Eva."

121
"Very well, take them to her,
    and then come to me."

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"Topsy!"

123 [animated text]
"Topsee!"

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"I think Miss Feely 
     wants me."

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"Golly! How did dat ribbon
   get up mah sleeve?"

126
"Topsy, don't you know it's 
     wicked to steal?"

127
"I nebber seen dat ribbon till
     dis blessed minute!"

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"-- I nebber seen dem 
    gloves befo'!"

129
"Well, Miss Feely -- maybe I
  did take dem gloves --"

130
"-- but I nebber did see dat 
        ribbon befo'!"

131
"What am I going to do 
       with you?"

132
"'Specs you'd better whip 
           me --"

133
"Please, Aunt Ophelia, let me
       talk to Topsy."

134
"It's jes' pos'ble I did take 
       dem gloves --"

135
"-- but I nebber did see 
    dat ribbon befo'."

136
"Topsy, what makes you 
       so bad?"

137
"'Specs it's 'cause I is 
       so wicked."

138
"-- if you'd only try to 
        be good!"

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"Oh Topsy -- I love you."

140
"Don't cry, Topsy."

141
"I ain't cryin' -- it's jes' my
         weak eyes."

142
"Topsy, won't you be good?
 I don't think I'll be with 
         you long."

143
"Oh, Missy Eva, please --
 please don't say dat!"

144
"I'll try to be good,
     Missy Eva."

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But the light that touched
  the St. Clare home like
a benediction, had slowly 
faded --

146
"I -- I brung her a 
    flower --"

147
"-- such a pretty one --"

148
"Oh, Missy Eva -- I wish I
     wuz dead, too."

149
"She said - she loved me."

150
"Now, there ain't nobody to 
     love me, no mo'."

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"I -- I will love you,
        Topsy."

152
Augustine St. Clare did
  not long survive his
daughter -- and his entire
estate came under the auc-
tioneer's hammer.

153
Simon Legree, who had
come from the North, bore
an evil reputation for cruelty
to his slaves.

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"Sold -- to Simon Legree."

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"Fifteen hundred dollars!"

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"Sold -- to Simon Legree."

157
Across two states - George
 Harris, ever on the trail
of Lemuel Proctor, the buyer
of little Harry.

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   "Is there a man named 
Proctor living in this town?"

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Simon Legree's plantation.

160
"I wouldn't hurt you, Honey -
 I wouldn't hurt anything."

161
Cassy -- for twenty years
 enslaved to Legree - her
life saddened by memories of
the baby that had been torn
from her breast, long ago.

162
"Jealous, eh -- Cassy?"

163
"You flatter yourself, 
        Simon."

164
"What do you mean --
 comin' in here when I'm 
         busy?"

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"-- nobody is going to rob 
  me of my place in this 
        household!"

166
"I've got a good mind to send 
 you to the slave quarters --
      where you belong!"

167
"You don't dare! You're 
    afraid of me."

168
Sambo and Quimbo -- 
 darkened souls in bru-
talized bodies.

169
"Dis nigger's been makin'
 trubble 'mong de hands --
 preachin' an' a-prayin'!"

170
"I'll do all the prayin'
     around here!"

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"Whip her!"

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"No, Massa -- I can't
    do it, nohow."

173
"Didn't I pay twelve hundred
 dollars for you -- ain't you
    mine, body and soul?"

174
 "No, Massa! My body may
belong to you, but my soul
     belongs to God."

175
 "Give him the worst 
floggin' he ever had!"

176
And the marching feet 
 of the liberating host 
thundered nearer -- ever 
nearer --

177
Terror spread before 
 them --

178
And the song they sang
  was a new song of
bondage broken and chains
forever lifted --

179
While Legree, brute ruler of
  his realm, only ten miles
distant from the flood of blue,
held high carnival --

180
"You am a ministerin' 
   angel, Missy --"

181
"Don't call me Missy -- I'm 
 a slave, too -- he owns me
       body and soul."

182
"Oh, Missy -- don't be 
      so bitter."

183
"Bitter? They kept me igno-
rant of my heritage of blood,
while I learned to be a lady -
       a white lady."

184
"Then they sold my baby to
 a man named Shelby, and
 they sold me -- down the 
          river."

185
"And all these weary years,
that baby's voice has been
  calling, Mama - Mama!"

186
"Why, Missy -- that's
   "Liza's story.""

187
"Eliza?"

188
   "Massa Shelby was my
Massa, too. But we wuz sold
  down de river -- Legree
      bought us both --"

189
"That means my child 
 Eliza -- is here!"

190
"You will steal my man, 
       will you?"

191
"Make 'em jealous --
  that's the way!"

192
"Lord God Almighty, child
   - I'm your mother!"

193
"They tore you from my 
 arms to sell you up the 
river, and me -- to hell!"

194
"Mother!"

195
"My baby!"

196
"He thinks the ghosts of his
 murdered victims haunt the 
attic. We'll be safe there!"

197
"Where are them women?"

198
"I can't say, Massa."

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Over dusty roads they 
spread, ever closer to 
the Legree plantation.

200
"Bring Tom here. I'll find 
   out where they are!"

201
"Massa -- it's dem ghosts
  in the attic ag'in!"

202
"Tom, I've made up my 
 mind to kill you --"

203
"-- unless you tell me where
     them women are!"

204
"We'll make him tell!"

205
"They're beating
  Uncle Tom --"

206
"He's done fo', 
    Massa!"

207
"Take him out!"

208
"I forgive you -- as I
 hope to be forgiven."

209
"Sambo! Quimbo!"

210
"He's in the attic!
  Drive him out!"

211
"Well -- if here ain't our 
       two ghosts!"

212
"See the Captain --
   -- up front."

The End

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