Oliver Twist (1916 film)

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Oliver Twist
Oliver Twist 1916.jpg
Directed byJames Young
W. S. Van Dyke (ass't director)
Dudley Blanchard (ass't director)
Produced byJesse Lasky
Written byCharles Dickens (novel Oliver Twist)
James Young (scenario)
Winthrop Ames (scenario)
Based onOliver Twist
by Charles Dickens
StarringMarie Doro
Tully Marshall
Hobart Bosworth
Raymond Hatton
CinematographyHarold Rosson
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
December 10, 1916
Running time
5 reels
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent film
English intertitles

Oliver Twist is a lost 1916 silent film drama produced by Jesse Lasky and distributed by Paramount Pictures. It was directed by James Young. It is based on the famous novel, Oliver Twist, by Charles Dickens and the 1912 Broadway stage version of the novel.

Marie Doro had played Oliver on Broadway in 1912 to much acclaim and was brought in by Lasky to reprise her role in this film. In fact, the main reason this film was made was to showcase Doro rather than Dickens. In the play, the parts of Nancy, Fagin and Bill Sykes were played by Constance Collier, Nat C. Goodwin and Lyn Harding respectively. Elsie Jane Wilson who had a supporting part in the play is Nancy in the film. Wilson and Doro are the only players from the play to appear in this film.

Four film versions had been made prior to this film: in 1907, 1909 and two in 1912, the year of Doro's stage success. A later 1922 silent version starred Lon Chaney and Jackie Coogan.[1][2][3]



  1. ^ Oliver Twist at silentera.com
  2. ^ The American Film Institute Catalog Feature Films: 1911-20 by The American Film Institute, c.1988
  3. ^ Oliver Twist as produced on Broadway at both the New Amsterdam and Empire Theatres, February 26, 1912 to May 1912; IBDb.com

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