In this early collaboration with director Tod Browning (Dracula, Freaks), Chaney delivers a dual performance of dramatic intensity, starring as Ah Wing, a kind-hearted student of Confucian ... See full summary »
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.Written by
Jackie Coogan described Lon Chaney as an acting thief who would steal scenes by any means possible. One day during filming, Coogan managed to achieve the same thing at his leading man's expense. After that, Chaney approached Coogan and said to him: "Hey kid, you're alright." See more »
Now don't be offended Mr. Bumble, but will you have just a little drop of the gin which I keep for medicinal purposes?
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The English titles have been reconstructed mainly by Sol Lesser and Jackie Coogan. See more »
Agree with positive reviews by others. Highly recommend
I highly recommend this movie: The narrative flows well, The set design and photography are wonderful and the acting is very good, especially Coogan & Chaney. The other extensive positive reviews are all on target. Bill Sikes is suitably dangerous and Nancy is pretty and sympathetic
The titles are used effectively given the complexity of Dickens' story. The early scenes, such as when Oliver is in the workhouse, are quite realistically portrayed. The workhouse scenes include some entertaining moments of comedy, but also show Oliver's courage and potential to take advantage of situations.
Fagin's thieves' den feels claustrophobic and Fagin''s creepily manipulative behaviors make you anxious for Oliver's escape. . The movie does not drag out the final scenes thus completing a very satisfying movie experience.
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