Oliver Twist (1922 film)

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Oliver Twist
Film poster
Directed by Frank Lloyd
Produced by Sol Lesser
Written by Charles Dickens
Walter Anthony (titles)
Based on Oliver Twist
by Charles Dickens
Starring Lon Chaney
Jackie Coogan
Music by John Muri (new score: 1975)
Cinematography Glen MacWilliams
Robert Martin
Edited by Irene Morra
Distributed by First National Pictures
Release date
  • October 30, 1922 (1922-10-30)
Running time
74 minutes
Country United States
Language silent film
English intertitles
Oliver Twist
Oliver Twist (Jackie Coogan) held captive, by Fagin (Lon Chaney) and his criminal gang
Oliver Twist, portrayed by Jackie Coogan, third from the (right), with his child-protecting benefactors

Oliver Twist is a 1922 silent film adaptation of Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist, featuring Lon Chaney as Fagin and Jackie Coogan as Oliver Twist. The film was directed by Frank Lloyd.


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 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.


Lon Chaney, as the pickpocket, criminal gang leader Fagin

Film preservation[edit]

The film was considered lost, until a print surfaced in Yugoslavia in the 1970s.[1] The print lacked intertitles, which were subsequently restored by Blackhawk Films with the help of Jackie Coogan and Sol Lesser.

Coogan was at the height of his career during the filming, having played the title role in Charles Chaplin's The Kid the previous year.[2]

DVD release[edit]

On June 30, 2009, a Region Free DVD of the movie was released by Alpha Video.[3]


  1. ^ Dickens on Film ON TOUR literature.britishcouncil.org Archived 2014-03-01 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Napolitano, Marc (2014). Oliver! A Dickensian Musical. Oxford University Press. p. 15. 
  3. ^ Oliver Twist (Silent) DVD info, Oldies.com

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