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Oliver Twist


You can find more information regarding this film on its IMDb page.

The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film.

Oliver Twist is a 1933 in film American film directed by William J. Cowen. It is an adaptation of Charles Dickens's popular novel Oliver Twist and was the first sound version of the classic. It stars Irving Pichel as Fagin, Dickie Moore (actor) 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

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.


  • Dickie Moore (actor) 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 (actor) as Charles Bates
  • Clyde Cook (actor) 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
  • Bobby Nelson (actor) as Noah Claypole

Category:1933 films
Category:American films
Category:English-language films
Category:Black-and-white films
Category:Films based on novels
Category:Films based on Oliver Twist
Category:Films about orphans
Category:1930s drama films
Category:Monogram Pictures films
Category:Films set in London
I.E. Chadwick

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