Topsy and Eva

Topsy and Eva is a 1927 American drama silent film directed by Del Lord and written by Catherine Chisholm Cushing, Scott Darling, Dudley Early and Lois Weber. D. W. Griffith also directed additional scenes.[1] The film stars Rosetta Duncan, Vivian Duncan, Gibson Gowland, Noble Johnson and Marjorie Daw. The film was released on July 24, 1927, by United Artists.[2][3]

Topsy and Eva
Theatrical release poster
Directed byDel Lord
Screenplay byCatherine Chisholm Cushing
Scott Darling
Dudley Early
Lois Weber
Based onUncle Tom's Cabin
by Harriet Beecher Stowe
StarringRosetta Duncan
Vivian Duncan
Gibson Gowland
Noble Johnson
Marjorie Daw
CinematographyJohn W. Boyle
Feature Productions
Distributed byUnited Artists
Release date
  • July 24, 1927 (1927-07-24)
Running time
80 minutes
CountryUnited States


Topsy, a little black imp, is offered for sale by Simon Legree at an auction on the Shelby estate. When no one bids, Eva St. Claire gets her for a nickel; Topsy, Uncle Tom and other slaves are then turned over to Aunt Ophelia for correction and cleaning. When St. Claire is unable to pay his debt to Legree, the latter reclaims his property, but Topsy escapes while Legree and Shelby engage in a furious battle. Struggling against great drifts of snow, she finds a pair of skis and later a horse equipped with snowshoes; she reaches the river before Legree and his dogs and finds a graveyard where runaway slaves have sought refuge. Later, learning that Eva is gravely ill, Topsy prays for her recovery. Eva revives, and the two friends are happily reunited.



  1. "Topsy and Eva". Silent Era. Retrieved 29 June 2017.
  2. "Topsy and Eva (1927) - Overview -". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 5 October 2014.
  3. "Topsy and Eva (1927)". The New York Times. Retrieved 5 October 2014.
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