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Oliver Twist (1933)

 -  Drama  -  28 February 1933 (USA)
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An orphan boy in 1830's London is abused in a workhouse, then falls into the clutches of a gang of thieves.

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

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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 »

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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 »

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[first lines]
Oliver's Mother: My baby, my boy. I want to see him.
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4 October 2005 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

I bought a 4 DVD set of "Great Novels" through Amazon - and this 1933 version of OLIVER TWIST was included. It's a truly awful movie - risible in execution, and not in any way memorable - except for it's bad acting etc.....but it appeared to start a trend in Hollywood at the time for cheap Dickens rip-offs. Has to be seen to be believed! But the box did contain a quite good copy of BECKY SHARP which will be remembered as the first feature in 3-strip Technicolor. It stands the test of time really well.....also in the box (by mistake) was a copy of Hitchcock's SABOTAGE which might not be one of this best, but is worth watching for it's atmosphere of London at that time (1936).


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