Through the s, many well-known entertainers of stage and screen also performed in blackface. Stone in Boston Blackie's Rendezvous. In the first filmic adaptation of Uncle Tom's Cabin , all of the major black roles were white people in blackface. Griffith 's The Birth of a Nation used white people in blackface to represent all of its major black characters,  but reaction against the film's racism largely put an end to this practice in dramatic film roles. Thereafter, white people in blackface would appear almost exclusively in broad comedies or "ventriloquizing" blackness  in the context of a vaudeville or minstrel performance within a film.