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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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An exciting story of yesterday, with the vivid tempo of today and the dramatic appeal of all time! (Print Ad- New York Sun, ((New York NY)) 10 April 1933) See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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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 »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Balsley & Phillips Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. See more »

Goofs

When Oliver chases the coach, rubber tire tracks are visible in the mud. 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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