Oliver Twist (1933 film)

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Oliver Twist
Dickie Moore as Oliver Twist
Directed by William J. Cowen
Produced by I.E. Chadwick
Written by Charles Dickens (novel Oliver Twist)
Elizabeth Meehan (writer)
Based on Oliver Twist 
by Charles Dickens
Starring Irving Pichel
Dickie Moore
Doris Lloyd
William "Stage" Boyd
Cinematography J. Roy Hunt
Edited by Carl Pierson
Release dates
28 February 1933
Running time
80 minutes
Country USA
Language English

Oliver Twist is a 1933 American film directed by William J. Cowen. It is an adaptation of Charles Dickens's popular novel with the same name and was the first sound version of the classic. It stars Irving Pichel as Fagin, Dickie Moore as Oliver, Doris Lloyd as Nancy, and William "Stage" Boyd as Bill Sikes. Pichel played Fagin without resorting to any mannerisms which could be construed as offensive.

Released by Monogram Pictures, the film was made on an extremely low budget. It never really achieved much success and was out of circulation for many years, but resurfaced on television in the 1980s.


An orphan boy in 1830's London is abused in a workhouse, then falls into the clutches of a gang of thieves.

Differences from novel[edit]

Despite the fact that the Sowerberrys and Noah Claypole appear in the cast list, the entire Sowerberry sequence is omitted from this film, as is Monks, Oliver's half-brother. Rose Maylie becomes Brownlow's daughter in this version, and it is Brownlow's house that Sikes attempts to rob. It is possible that early releases of this film did include Noah Claypole and the Sowerberrys.



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