Oliver Twist (1933 film)
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
William "Stage" Boyd
|Cinematography||J. Roy Hunt|
|Edited by||Carl Pierson|
Oliver Twist is a 1933 American Pre-Code film directed by William J. Cowen. It is the earliest sound version of Charles Dickens's novel of the same name. It stars Dickie Moore as Oliver, Irving Pichel as Fagin, 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 1830s London is abused in a workhouse, then falls into the clutches of a gang of thieves.
Differences from novel
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 the initial release of the film did include Noah Claypole and the Sowerberrys.
- Dickie Moore as Oliver Twist
- Irving Pichel as Fagin
- William "Stage" Boyd as Bill Sikes
- Doris Lloyd as Nancy Sikes
- Alec B. Francis as Mr. Brownlow
- Barbara Kent as Rose Maylie
- Sonny Ray as The Artful Dodger
- George K. Arthur as Toby Crackit
- George Nash as Charles Bates
- Clyde Cook as Chitfing
- Lionel Belmore as Mr. Bumble
- Tempe Pigott as Mrs. Corney
- Nelson McDowell as Sowerberry
- Virginia Sale as Mrs. Sowerberry
- Harry Holman as Grimwig
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