MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 4,044 this week

Oliver Twist (1933)

 -  Drama  -  28 February 1933 (USA)
4.9
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 4.9/10 from 213 users  
Reviews: 14 user | 2 critic

An orphan boy in 1830's London is abused in a workhouse, then falls into the clutches of a gang of thieves.

Director:

Writers:

(novel), (screenplay)
0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

Related News

Barbara Kent, 1907 - 2011
| MUBI
Barbara Kent obituary
| The Guardian - Film News

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 69 titles
created 26 Dec 2011
 
a list of 759 titles
created 24 Nov 2012
 
a list of 23 titles
created 18 Dec 2012
 
a list of 50 titles
created 28 Jan 2013
 
a list of 28 titles
created 10 Mar 2013
 

Related Items

Search for "Oliver Twist" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Oliver Twist (1933)

Oliver Twist (1933) on IMDb 4.9/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Oliver Twist.

User Polls

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Nineteenth century England. When Nicholas Nickleby's father dies and leaves his family destitute, his uncle, the greedy moneylender, Ralph Nickleby, finds Nicholas a job teaching in a ... See full summary »

Director: Alberto Cavalcanti
Stars: Derek Bond, Cedric Hardwicke, Mary Merrall
Certificate: Passed Adventure | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

When David's father dies, his mother remarries. His new stepfather Murdstone has a mean and cruel view on how to raise a child. When David's mother dies from grief, Murdstone sends David to... See full summary »

Director: George Cukor
Stars: Freddie Bartholomew, Frank Lawton, Edna May Oliver
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

9 year old 'Pip' Pirrip, an orphan living with relatives, aids and befriends an escaped convict on the moors, an act that will have a profound effect on his life.

Director: Stuart Walker
Stars: Henry Hull, Phillips Holmes, Jane Wyatt
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A poor girl falls for a wealthy young man. He invites her to his gala birthday party, but she doesn't have the right kind of dress to wear, so her family and friends band together to raise ... See full summary »

Director: Edwin L. Marin
Stars: Shirley Temple, William Gargan, Guy Kibbee
David Copperfield (TV Movie 1969)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

The legendary novel by Charles Dickens comes to life in this colorful interpretation directed by Delbert Mann.

Director: Delbert Mann
Stars: Richard Attenborough, Cyril Cusack, Edith Evans
Drama | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

In the seventeenth century, in Massachusetts, a young woman is forced to wear a scarlet "A" on her dress for bearing a child out of wedlock.

Director: Robert G. Vignola
Stars: Colleen Moore, Hardie Albright, Henry B. Walthall
Drama | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

During the French Revolution, French national Lucie Manette meets and falls in love with Englishman Charles Darnay. He is however hiding his true identity as a member of the French ... See full summary »

Director: Ralph Thomas
Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Dorothy Tutin, Cecil Parker
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

An investigative reporter romances a suspected smuggler's daughter.

Director: James Cruze
Stars: Ben Lyon, Claudette Colbert, Ernest Torrence
Vanity Fair (1932)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

This cinematic adaptation of William Makepeace Thackeray's novel stars Myrna Loy in her first starring role.

Director: Chester M. Franklin
Stars: Myrna Loy, Conway Tearle, Barbara Kent
Mr. Quilp (1975)
Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Director: Michael Tuchner
Stars: Anthony Newley, David Hemmings, Jill Bennett
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A humble orphan suddenly becomes a gentleman with the help of an unknown benefactor.

Director: David Lean
Stars: John Mills, Valerie Hobson, Tony Wager
David Copperfield (TV Series 1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Stars: Ian McKellen, Tina Packer, Flora Robson
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
William 'Stage' Boyd ...
Bill Sikes (as Wm. Boyd)
Doris Lloyd ...
Alec B. Francis ...
Barbara Kent ...
Sonny Ray ...
George K. Arthur ...
George Nash ...
Clyde Cook ...
Chitling
Lionel Belmore ...
Tempe Pigott ...
Nelson McDowell ...
Virginia Sale ...
Harry Holman ...
Edit

Storyline

An orphan boy in 1830's London is abused in a workhouse, then falls into the clutches of a gang of thieves.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

28 February 1933 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Balsley & Phillips Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

While this film is not especially well-remembered today, and has been eclipsed by practically all of the later film versions of the Charles Dickens novel, it did begin a Hollywood "fad" for Dickens that lasted for about five years. It was followed by Great Expectations (1934) (a poorly reviewed and now forgotten version with Jane Wyatt and Phillips Holmes), the classic MGM all-star David Copperfield (1935), Universal's Mystery of Edwin Drood (1935) (with Claude Rains), the classic A Tale of Two Cities (1935) - another MGM Dickens blockbuster - and MGM's 1938 A Christmas Carol (1938) with Reginald Owen. There would be very few versions of Dickens from Hollywood after that; most films based on Dickens' books would be made by British studios. However, notable exceptions have been the many versions of "A Christmas Carol" produced for American television. See more »

Goofs

When Oliver is trying to keep up with the horse cart on his adventure to London, he is clearly stopping each time to get into the correct position before doing a flip. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Oliver's Mother: My baby, my boy. I want to see him.
See more »

Connections

Version of Oliver Twist (1922) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
The First Hollywood Sound Version of OLIVER TWIST
15 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This 1933 film is just adequate like a detailed synopsis of the story of OLIVER TWIST. Unlike the 1948 Lean/Guiness blockbuster, or the 1968 Reed/Moody treat, this one is so-so. I only comment on it for two reasons. First Dicky Moore played Oliver (not as well as John Howard Davies or Mark Lester in the later two films. Apparently the director and producer were looking for a child star to mirror the 1922 silent film version with Jackie Coogan as Oliver and Lon Chaney Sr. as Fagin. Moore was rather stiff in the role (as were most of the performers). The second reason is that unlike the 1948 version and the musical, this film did include one of Dickens' best written chapters: Fagin in the Death Cell.

Spoiler ahead - and I apologize as I have refrained from going into it in the two earlier comments.

Fagin discovers through a spy that Nancy had contacted Mr. Brownlow and endangered the entire gang to help Oliver. Angry, he goes to Bill Sykes and tells him this. Sykes hates informers, and is doubly betrayed because he has (in his rough way) loved and protected Nancy. Fagin (in the novel) encourages Sykes to punish Nancy in a way to demonstrate what happens to informers. Sykes kills Nancy.

A hue-and-cry goes up against Sykes. Brownlow tells the authorities what Nancy told him, so the law also goes against Fagin as well (also Monk, the secret enemy of Oliver). Fagin is arrested fairly easily in the novel. Sykes is killed in trying to flee the mob.

Now in Lean's film, Guinness as Fagin did not order the murder. In fact he told Sykes to be gentle with punishing Nancy. He is trapped as the mob is breaking down the door of the warehouse he has been hiding in. Guinness suddenly shows his grit and spunk and as the door crashes demands to know what right the mob has to destroy him. We last see him arrested and taken away.

In OLIVER, the musical had Fagin and the Artful Dodger manage to evade the mob, although Fagin loses the box of stolen jewelry and watches he has kept for himself. It falls into the Thames. Dodger pulls Fagin away. They see the end of Sykes, and then Fagin considers his options. He's getting too old for this type of life. Dodger is not that thrilled about it either (they've just barely escaped with their lives from a mob). Fagin decides it's time to reform. He and Dodger go off together, presumably to try to build up a safer, more respectable life.

In the novel, there is not second chance for Fagin. He basically ordered a hit by Sykes on Nancy, and he should pay for it. He is tried for her murder, There is no Sykes to share the odium with (possibly pass the blame onto). He barely understands the trial - he's in a state of shock. So he only vaguely understands when he is condemned to death.

We see him in the cell, and he is slowly going mad. He sees the evil acts he has committed in the past, and the lack of any friends to help him (including the Dodger, who was tried and sentenced to transporting to Australia in the novel). But hours before the end, Brownlow brings Oliver to see Fagin because the boy asks him to. It momentarily raises Fagin's hopes. He whispers to Oliver a weird plan to escape the noose outside, with Oliver pretending to lead Fagin out of the cell to safety. It's too much for Oliver, and the boy cries for God to forgive Fagin's soul. Brownlow takes Oliver out, and Fagin remains to be hanged.

Oddly enough the chapter only appeared in this version of 1933, as opposed to the 1947 and 1968 films. It is not done very well - again the stiffness of the actors ruins it, but it is shown. Also the moment of the execution is brought home to the audience, when, as Oliver and Brownlow leave the prison, a black flag is hoisted up the flagpole, symbolizing the death of Fagin.

For showing that particular moment of the novel at all, I'll grant this very inferior version a five.


11 of 12 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Oliver Twist (1933) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?