Oliver Twist

Oliver Twist

Director: Frank Lloyd

Cast: Frank Lloyd, Jackie Coogan, Lon Chaney, Gladys Brockwell

     
 
Ostensibly a vehicle for Jackie Coogan, the 1922 Oliver Twist refuses to realign the Charles Dickens novel to accommodate the personality of its star. This Frank Lloyd-directed silent film is one of the most faithful of all cinematic adaptations of the Dickens work. The orphaned Oliver, labelled a "troublemaker" because he dares to ask for more food, is farmed

Overview

Ostensibly a vehicle for Jackie Coogan, the 1922 Oliver Twist refuses to realign the Charles Dickens novel to accommodate the personality of its star. This Frank Lloyd-directed silent film is one of the most faithful of all cinematic adaptations of the Dickens work. The orphaned Oliver, labelled a "troublemaker" because he dares to ask for more food, is farmed out to work as an undertaker's assistant. Escaping his cruel master, Oliver falls in with a gang of pickpockets, headed by the colorful Fagin (played by Lon Chaney Sr., who steals a lot more than a few watches and wallets in the course of the picture). Kindly Mr. Brownlow (Lionel Belmore), Oliver's real grandfather, tries to help the lad, but the evil Bill Sikes (George Siegmann) complicates matters. While Jackie Coogan may seem a bit too well-fed and self-sufficient to play Oliver, he was certainly more suited to the role than the star of the 1916 filmization of Oliver Twist--actress Marie Doro! Long believed to be a lost film, Oliver Twist was painstakingly restored in the early 1970s, using bits and pieces from various foreign prints and negatives.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Hans J. Wollstein
Along with MGM's David Copperfield, this 1922 silent version of Oliver Twist survived as perhaps Hollywood's most faithful adaptation of Charles Dickens. Not that Jackie Coogan is the very picture of the delicate little waif that the novelist originally described -- although the weight of the world is clearly visible in the child's expressive eyes -- and Lon Chaney's Fagin may come a bit too close to caricature at times. But the rest of the sprawling tale's baroque gallery is simply marvelous, including James Marcus' pompous Mr. Bumble, Edouard Trebaol's Artful Dodger, Carl Stockdale's Edward Leeford (aka Monks), George Fawcett's Bill Sikes, and especially Gladys Brockwell's star-crossed Nancy, perhaps this sadly neglected actress' finest accomplishment. First National's depiction of back-alley London is top-notch, as well, and Frank Lloyd's direction, if not exactly revolutionary, is at least serviceable.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/30/2009
UPC:
0089218584991
Original Release:
1922
Rating:
NR
Source:
Alpha Video
Region Code:
0
Presentation:
[B&W]
Sound:
[silent]
Time:
1:14:00
Sales rank:
36,967

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jackie Coogan Oliver Twist
Lon Chaney Fagin
Gladys Brockwell Nancy Sikes
George Siegmann Bill Sikes
Lionel Belmore Mr. Brownlow
James Marcus Mr. Bumble
Aggie Herring Mrs. Comey
Edouard Trebaol Artful Dodger
Taylor Graves Charlie Bates
Lewis Sargent Noah Claypool
Joan Standing Charlotte
Nelson McDowell Sowerberry
Esther Ralston Rose Moylie
Carl Stockdale Monk
Eddie Boland Toby Crackit
Gertrude Claire Mrs. Maylie
Joseph Hazelton Mr. Grimwig

Technical Credits
Frank Lloyd Director,Screenwriter
Stephen Goosson Production Designer
Sol Lesser Producer
Glen MacWilliams Cinematographer
Robert G. Martin Cinematographer
Irene Morra Editor
Harry Weil Screenwriter

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Oliver Twist
2. Chapter 1 [:05]
3. Chapter 2 [:05]
4. Chapter 3 [:05]
5. Chapter 4 [:05]
6. Chapter 5 [:05]
7. Chapter 6 [:05]

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