Monday, November 14, 2011

Uncle Tom’s Cabin Played in Sandusky in 1928

From November 14 through November 17, 1928, the motion picture Uncle Tom’s Cabin played at the Schine’s State Theater in Sandusky, Ohio. An advertisement which appeared in the November 14, 1928 issue of the Sandusky Register stated that the movie cost two million dollars to produce, and took two years to complete. The motion picture had a score of star principals, a cast of hundreds, and “three great human dramas of passion, in a story that will live forever.”  An extra attraction at the movie was singing and dancing by “Uncle Tom’s Harmony Boys.”  The cost for the matinee show was twenty five cents for adults and fifteen cents for children. Evening performances cost forty cents for adults and twenty cents for children.

1 comment:

Ed Daniel said...

The REAL Uncle Tom was Josiah Henson, who was a slave in Rockville, Montgomery County MD, before being relocated by his owner to a farm in southwestern Ohio, from which he escaped and found his way to Canada. In his autobiography, which was the basis for Harriet Beecher Stowe's novel "Uncle Tom," Henson mentions being along the shoreline west of Sandusky on his escape to freedom in Canada. I am guessing that the location he cited he was near present-day Venice. Ed Daniel Rockville, MD