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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Topsy & Eva (1927) "Vaudeville Stars" the Duncan Sisters DVD

Topsy & Eva (1927) The Duncan Sisters
The Duncan Sisters—Vivian as Little Eva, and Rosetta as Topsy.

Rosetta and Vivian Duncan were well-known vaudeville stars in 1923 when they asked Catherine Chisholm Cushing to write a musical for them "Based on 'Uncle Tom's Cabin.'" Cushing used Stowe's characters, but drastically rewrote the story.

The plot depends mainly on the romantic relationship between George Shelby and an added character named Marietta, and on the misunderstandings between Mrs. Shelby and Augustine St. Clare, whom the script turns into her former beau. The (stage show) was essentially an occasion for singing, dancing and comic turns by the Sisters, especially Rosetta "in half-nudity and burnt-cork" as Topsy.

The play was very popular. After engagements in Los Angeles and San Francisco, it ran for 47 weeks in Chicago, played on Broadway for about four months, then went on the road for a national tour through 1926. In 1927 the Duncans combined the stage show with an 80-minute movie (on which D. W. Griffith did some of the directing). They "revived" the show twice in the 30s, with new songs, again in 1942, and apparently kept coming before America as Topsy and Eva well into the 1950s.

Both the film and stage show were internationally renowned and the two sisters toured the world and performed before sell-out crowds and Royalty. They were beloved worldwide via fans clubs until their passing ...

The Duncan Sisters as “Topsy and Eva” (1927)
Original Music Score, Brian Pinette
1 hour 48 minutes
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