Oliver's mother, a penniless outcast, died giving birth to him. As a young boy Oliver is brought up in a workhouse, later apprenticed to an uncaring undertaker, and eventually is taken in by a gang of thieves who befriend him for their own purposes. All the while, there are secrets from Oliver's family history waiting to come to light. Written by
When it was found without intertitles in the 1970s, the film was restored with the help of Jackie Coogan and Sol Lesser. New intertitles were created by Blackhawk Films. The version now seen on TCM is from a tinted original, with an excellent organ score by John Muri, copyright 1975 by the Eastin Phelan Corporation, and with the original opening credits and intertitles which were apparently located after the Blackhawk replacements were temporarily substituted, but which are no longer relevant. See more »
Actually, the "best" version is a matter of opinion, whether you prefer the 1922 Frank Lloyd version, the 1948 David Lean version, the 1968 Carol Reed musical version, or the 2005 Roman Polanski version. But there is little doubt that the 1922 version is the "best" in terms of being the most faithful to Dickens' original novel, virtually every major character and subplot is included with little in the way of changes, quite a feat for a 74-minute movie. I rank it alongside of the 1951 version of Scrooge with Alistair Sims and the 1948 version of Great Expectations as one of the finest adaptations of Dickens on screen.
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