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Oliver Twist (1922)

Not Rated | | Drama | 30 October 1922 (USA)
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.

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Frank Lloyd

Writers:

Walter Anthony (titles), Charles Dickens (novel) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jackie Coogan ... Oliver Twist
James A. Marcus ... Mr. Bumble (as James Marcus)
Aggie Herring Aggie Herring ... Mrs. Corney
Lewis Sargent Lewis Sargent ... Noah Claypole
Joan Standing Joan Standing ... Charlotte
Carl Stockdale ... Monks
Edouard Trebaol Edouard Trebaol ... The Artful Dodger
Lon Chaney ... Fagin
Taylor Graves Taylor Graves ... Charley Bates
George Siegmann ... Bill Sikes
Gladys Brockwell ... Nancy
Lionel Belmore ... Mr. Brownlow
Florence Hale Florence Hale ... Mrs. Bedwin
Joseph Hazelton ... Mr. Grimwig
Gertrude Claire ... Mrs. Maylie
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Storyline

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 Snow Leopard

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Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 October 1922 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Olivier Twist See more »

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Budget:

$175,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Silent

Color:

Black and White (tinted)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

When it was found without intertitles in the 1970s, the film was restored with the help of Jackie Coogan and Sol Lesser. New intertitles were created by Blackhawk Films. The version now seen on TCM is from a tinted original, with an excellent organ score by John Muri, copyright 1975 by the Eastin Phelan Corporation, and with the original opening credits and intertitles which were apparently located after the Blackhawk replacements were temporarily substituted, but which are no longer relevant. See more »

Quotes

Noah Claypole: Wha'd yer mother die of, work'us?
Oliver Twist: Of a broken heart, some of our old nurses at the orphanage told me!
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Alternate Versions

The restored version has been color tinted and includes a musical setting thanks to John Muri. See more »

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Chaney the Great
7 March 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Oliver Twist (1922)

*** (out of 4)

Frank Lloyd directed this version of the Charles Dickens story with Jackie Coogan as Oliver, Lon Chaney as Fagin and Lionel Belmore as Mr. Brownlow. I believe this is my first film version that I've sat all the way through so I have nothing to compare it to but I really enjoyed the film. The movie flows at a very fast pace with some nice laughs and good drama. Coogan is delightful as Oliver and the rest of the supporting cast does a terrific job. Chaney is ideal as Fagin and pulls the role off perfectly. His make up is some of the best work I've seen from him and that's saying quite a bit considering the upcoming roles he would go on to do.


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