Uncle Tom's Cabin
Poster advertising the 1927 film Uncle Tom’s Cabin, the third most expensive film of the silent era, at a cost of $1.8 million. This film marks Hollywood’s first excursion to Arkansas. In the fall of 1926, Universal Pictures chartered a steamboat, which it anchored in the port of Helena (Phillips County), to shoot scenes for this big-budget version of Harriet Beecher Stowe’s famous novel. Even though the local chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy protested the shooting, about 200 locals participated in the production.