Oliver Twist (1922) - Plot Summary Poster

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  • 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.

  • A woman arrives with her baby to a workhouse and dies soon afterwards. The beadle Mr. Bumble gives the orphan the name Oliver Twist. When Oliver is 9 years old, he asks for more porridge during a meal. He is punished for his audacity, and is turned over to the undertaker Mr. Sowerberry as an apprentice. Oliver is bullied and runs away. On the road he meets the Artful Dodger, a young pickpocket, who brings him to Fagin's den in London. Fagin, the old leader of a juvenile gang, orders the boys to teach Oliver their trade. They fail to pickpocket the wealthy Mr. Brownlow, and run away, leaving the innocent Oliver behind. Mr. Brownlow is touched by Oliver and adopts him. When Oliver goes on an errand, he is recaptured by the criminals Bill and Nancy Sikes, who bring him back to Fagin. Bill forces Oliver to help him in a burglary, but Oliver flees, and is brought back to Mr. Brownlow. Nancy tells Mr. Brownlow that Oliver is in danger. Informed of Nancy's betrayal Bill kills her. The police storm Fagin's den and arrest Fagin, while Bill falls from the roof and dies. Fagin's friend Monks reveals to Mr. Brownlow that he is Oliver's half-brother, and that he had tried to keep Oliver away from inheriting their father.

  • An orphan named Oliver Twist meets a pickpocket on the streets of London. From there, he joins a household of boys who are trained to steal for their master.



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