Oliver Twist

2201. OLIVER TWIST (1922-USA). With JACKIE COOGAN, LON CHANEY. Based on the novel by CHARLES DICKENS. Back in 1922 young Jackie Coogan was the hottest thing in movies. This superlative adaptation of Dickens’ classic proves a perfect story for the young star. He plays the title character, an unwanted and unloved and always hungry workhouse orphan in 19th-century England. Little Oliver outrages his overseers when he asks for more gruel. He becomes an undertakÂer’s apprentice. He mixes with murderers and thieves on the streets of London. He eventually learns his true lineage and meets his true destiny. Despite Oliver’s plight the good within him somehow survives intact. That’s the point of the story. All of Dickens’ fabled characters are present, from Mr. Bumble the workhouse administrator to Jack Dawkins, the “Artful Dodger” to Bill and Nancy Sikes. Let us not overlook Fagin (brilliantly played by Lon Chaney, the “Man Of A Thousand Faces”), that notorious and slimy mentor of pickpockets. However, despite the imposing presence of Chaney, the film strictly is a vehicle for young Coogan. He is thoroughly adorable and will break your heart as he plays Oliver. After seeing this you will understand why he was so tremendously popular, without doubt the silent cinema’s greatest child star. “Silent” film with music score. 74 minutes. ÒSilentÓ Drama