Oliver Twist (1933) [Drama]

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"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.

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

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 Skes attempts to rob. It is possible that early releases of this film did include Noah Claypole and the Sowerberrys.

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Directed by William J. Cowen, produced by I.E. Chadwick, written by Charles Dickens (novel Oliver Twist) and Elizabeth Meehan (writer), starring Irving Pichel, Dickie Moore, Doris Lloyd and William "Stage" Boyd.

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Source: "Oliver Twist (1933 film)" Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.. 16 March 2012. Web. 2 August 2012. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oliver_Twist_(1933_film).

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