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Oliver Twist (1933)

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

Director:

William J. Cowen

Writers:

Charles Dickens (novel), Elizabeth Meehan (screenplay and dialogue)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dickie Moore ... Oliver Twist
Irving Pichel ... Fagin
William 'Stage' Boyd ... Bill Sikes (as Wm. Boyd)
Doris Lloyd ... Nancy Sikes
Alec B. Francis ... Mr. Brownlow
Barbara Kent ... Rose Maylie
Sonny Ray Sonny Ray ... The Artful Dodger
George K. Arthur ... Toby Crackit
George Nash George Nash ... Charles Bates
Clyde Cook ... Chitling
Lionel Belmore ... Mr. Bumble
Tempe Pigott ... Mrs. Corney
Nelson McDowell ... Sowerberry
Virginia Sale ... Mrs. Sowerberry
Harry Holman ... Grimwig
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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 February 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El hijo de la parroquia See more »

Company Credits

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I.E. Chadwick Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Balsley & Phillips Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

An adaptation of the novel was announced in the trade papers on January 25, 1930, as an M-G-M Production, with Harry Rapf attached as producer and Lionel Barrymore as director. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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

In the version usually shown on TV now, the entire sequence with the Sowerberrys and Noah Claypole is missing. This makes it seem as if Oliver runs away from the workhouse, not the undertaker's shop. See more »

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A Good Attempt for 1933
9 April 2005 | by tomcnewmanSee all my reviews

Most of the movies from the 30's I have seen have a "stage" look. This one is no different. The acting is not bad when compared to other period movies. It should be noted that "Talkies" had not been out that long when this movie was released. We tend to compare movies "back then" with "modern day" movies. There was notable plot and character development in early movies mainly because the special effects weren't very good if there were any at all. The acting was a theatrical type acting rather than cinematic. This was because of the connections to vaudeville that most actors and actresses had at the time. This is like the difference between a live Broadway Play and a Hollywood movie. As a "modern movie", this is a poor excuse of a movie. There is no graphic violence, no adult language, no space ships or aliens. If you want a movie that tells a story and will keep you wrapped up in a specific plot, you won't be disappointed.


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