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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Release Date:

28 February 1933 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El hijo de la parroquia  »

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Sound Mix:

(Balsley & Phillips Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The earliest documented telecast of this film in New York City occurred Saturday 31 May 1947 on WCBS (Channel 2). Pioneer television viewers in Los Angeles got their first look at it Monday 30 May 1949 on KTSL (Channel 2) and in Salt Lake City Monday 9 October 1949 on KDYL (Channel 4). See more »


When Oliver is scrubbing the workhouse dining room floor, he looks up and smiles at the camera just before the bell goes for breakfast. See more »


[first lines]
Oliver's Mother: My baby, my boy. I want to see him.
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The Dickens Is in the Details
9 May 2011 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

When it was obvious talking pictures were not going to be a fad, it was time to make sound versions of Charles Dickens' classics. In this case, the adaptation of "Oliver Twist" (1922) starring Jackie Coogan and Lon Chaney appears have been the inspiration. This revision comes from the low-budget "Monogram" studios and, while this is clearly what they would have considered a prestige production, today it comes across as cheap.

There was obviously no time for the director and performers to do more than block scenes. Some of it looks like a dress rehearsal. Most unapprised of all is "Little Rascal" Dickie Moore in the title role. However, "Oliver Twist" is actually a very difficult role to play. You have to be a young boy who can play it without gin, sex, or a beard to twirl.

***** Oliver Twist (2/28/33) William J. Cowen ~ Dickie Moore, Irving Pichel, William 'Stage' Boyd, Doris Lloyd

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