Oliver Twist (1916)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Adventure Drama, Melodrama  |   Countries - United States  |  
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Synopsis by Janiss Garza

Although this classic Charles Dickens tale was filmed at least twice previously, this Lasky version was the first to really do it justice. Perhaps casting 25-year-old actress Marie Doro as the orphan Oliver Twist was questionable, but then, this was the era where Mary Pickford played children into her mid-thirties. The rest of the casting was utterly solid, with great silent character actor Tully Marshall as Fagin and stage and silent star Hobart Bosworth as Bill Sykes. As much attention was paid to the smaller roles, with James Neil putting in a crusty, yet tender portrayal of Grimwig, the churlish pal of the kindly Mr. Brownlow. London's sordid nineteenth century slums are well-depicted too -- in fact, some critics of the 1910s felt the scenery too unpleasant to appeal to film patrons of the era.




criminal, grandfather, orphan