- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 14 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: July 7, 2009
- Originally Released: 1922
- Label: Alpha Video
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame
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Description by OLDIES.com:
Lon Chaney, "The Man Of A Thousand Faces," stars with Jackie Coogan in this spectacular 1922 interpretation of Charles Dickens' immortal classic, Oliver Twist.Orphaned at birth, Oliver Twist toils in the workhouse under brutal conditions while he and his fellow inmates struggle to avoid starvation. Oliver manages to escape to the bitter streets of London's slums. "The Artful Dodger," an older lad, finds the homeless Oliver and offers him food and lodging. The Dodger takes Oliver to the lair of Fagin, a heinous old man who teaches his young wards the art of pickpocketing. While Oliver's life spins downward into depravity, the mystery of his origins will bring a glimmer of hope and salvation to the resilient and resourceful boy.
Lon Chaney portrays the frightful, despicable Fagin in this richly atmospheric screen adaptation of Charles Dickens's OLIVER TWIST. Jackie Coogan stars as the irrepressible waif in 19th-century England whose adventures lead him from undernourished orphan to undertaker's apprentice, from novice pickpocket to pampered youth. Faithful in spirit and letter to Dickens's immortal story, OLIVER TWIST is an exquisitely designed film, re-creating with painterly care the firelit chambers, sepulchral basements, and sordid slums that confine its menagerie of eccentric and pathetic personages. Perhaps OLIVER TWIST is most notable for its talented cast of supporting players--who offer a kaleidoscopic view of the gifted artists whose company Chaney shared while establishing himself as a featured player in early 1920s Hollywood. With his pinched face, hooked nose, perpetual stoop, and trembling, clawlike hands, Chaney's rag-enshrouded Fagin is an unforgettable figure who adds immeasurably to the flavor of the narrative without resorting to the racial stereotypes of Dickens's text.
Jackie Coogan and Lon Chaney star in this classic silent version of Dicken's famous novel
Frank Lloyd's film is a silent version of Charles Dickens's novel about a young orphan boy adrift in London's cutthroat underworld. It stars Jackie Coogan as Oliver and a well-disguised Lon Chaney as Fagin.