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Oliver Twist (1909)

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.


J. Stuart Blackton


Charles Dickens (novel), Eugene Mullin


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Cast overview:
Edith Storey ... Oliver
William Humphrey ... Fagin
Elita Proctor Otis ... Nancy Sykes


A woman arrives with her baby to a nursing home. She is very sick and dies soon afterwards. The infant, called Oliver Twist, is placed in an orphanage. Some years later the young Oliver, at a meal in the dining hall, dares to ask for some more food. He is punished for his audacity, and runs away from the orphanage. On the road he meets the Artful Dodger, a young pickpocket, who brings him to Fagin's den. 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 flee away, leaving the innocent Oliver behind. Mr. Brownlow adopts Oliver. When Oliver, in his new fine clothes, goes on an errand, he is recaptured by the criminals Bill and Nancy Sykes, who bring him back to Fagin. Bill forces Oliver to help him in a burglary, but the attempt goes wrong, and Oliver is once more under the care of his benefactors. The kindhearted Nancy feels sorry for Oliver, and has a secret meeting with Mr. Brownlow to warn him... Written by Maths Jesperson {maths.jesperson1@comhem.se}

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Drama | Short





Release Date:

1 May 1909 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Twist Olivér See more »

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1.33 : 1
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A sufficiently noticeable achievement
27 September 2014 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

The Vitagraph people have sent out a film under the above title which is deservedly popular. Nancy Sykes is played by Elita Proctor Otis, and that, together with other parts, form a whole which leaves nothing to be desired so far as the acting and the interpretation of dramatic possibilities is concerned. A long description is scarcely necessary. Everyone knows the story of Oliver Twist, and has sympathized with him in his difficulties. They will do so more than ever after seeing this picture. The acting is unusually good, and, with the exception of a few points, the photographic quality is quite satisfactory. The picture is sure to please critical audiences everywhere and is a sufficiently noticeable achievement to mark the company among the leaders in the business. - The Moving Picture World, June 5, 1909

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