Oliver Twist (1933 film)

Oliver Twist is a 1933 American pre-Code film directed by William J. Cowen. It is the earliest sound version of Charles Dickens's novel of the same name. It stars Dickie Moore as Oliver, Irving Pichel as Fagin, 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.

Oliver Twist
Dickie Moore as Oliver Twist
Directed byWilliam J. Cowen
Produced byI.E. Chadwick
Written byCharles Dickens (novel Oliver Twist)
Elizabeth Meehan (writer)
Based onOliver Twist
by Charles Dickens
StarringDickie Moore
Irving Pichel
Doris Lloyd
William "Stage" Boyd
CinematographyJ. Roy Hunt
Edited byCarl Pierson
Distributed byMonogram Pictures
Release date
  • February 28, 1933 (1933-02-28)
Running time
80 minutes
CountryUnited States

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


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