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Oliver Twist (1922)

Oliver Twist (1922)

Oliver Twist





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This silent version of the Charles Dickens classic depicts a young orphan (portrayed by Jackie Coogan) who must endure trials and tribulations before finding someone to love and care for him. Remade often, even as a musical, this is the first of the versions.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Harry Weil, Frank Lloyd
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 29, 2000
Associated First National Pictures

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Jackie Coogan
as Oliver Twist
Esther Ralston
as Rose Maylie
Edouard Trebaol
as The Artful Dodger
George Seigmann
as Bill Sikes
Gertrude Claire
as Mrs. Maylie
Lionel Belmore
as Mr. Brownlow
James Marcus
as Mr. Bumble
Taylor Graves
as Charlie Bates
Aggie Herring
as Mrs. Comey
Lewis Sargent
as Noah Claypool
Nelson McDowell
as Sowerberry
Joan Standing
as Charlotte
Eddie Boland
as Toby Crackit
Joseph Hazelton
as Mr. Grimwig
George Siegmann
as Bill Sikes
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Critic Reviews for Oliver Twist

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (1)

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

October 12, 2005

Full Review… | May 26, 2006
Combustible Celluloid

Audience Reviews for Oliver Twist

Coogan is kind of a cute kid, and having a movie with Chaney is always good, but this wasn't the best movie of this kind I've seen. I actually haven't read the book, maybe it is boring, but the movie could have been better than it was.

Aj V

Super Reviewer


Not a bad adaptation for its time. Jackie Coogan was fresh from his success in "The Kid," and the film is obviously tailored as his showcase. Lon Chaney appears in typically elaborate makeup as Fagin, but has little to do beyond hobbling around with a heavy stoop.

The story seems heavily compacted (Oliver's acclimation into Fagin's pickpocket gang is almost instantaneous), but it hits the necessary notes. Coogan is as cute and vulnerable as one expects him to be, and is indulged with one unnecessary scene where he pantomimes the gait of an old man.

Eric Broome
Eric Broome

Super Reviewer


significantly better than i expected. i found oliver twist to be a very boring book, and i had watched the 1920 dr jekyll and mr hyde, which was exceptionally boring as well, save for a great final scene. but this film passed by pretty quickly. there were a few instances of camp, but on the whole the story was effectively told and the message effectively conveyed. and that was significant, given my prior opinion of the story.

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