- Directed By: Frank Lloyd
- 74 Minutes
- Saturday, February 25, 2012 7:00 p.m.
Orphaned at birth, a young Oliver (Jackie Coogan) is brought up in a workhouse and apprenticed to an undertaker who cares nothing for the boy. He escapes from the undertaker and flees to London, where he is taken under the wing of a street hustler named Fagin (Lon Chaney), who teaches him the art of pick-pocketing and petty thievery. All the while, secrets from Oliver’s past wait to come to the surface. After Oliver is arrested for theft, he is adopted by rich old Mr. Brownlow, only to be kidnapped back into Fagin’s control. And this is just the beginning. Coogan turns in an excellent performance as Oliver, which primed him for his similar role with Charlie Chaplin in The Kid.
(35mm presentation, live piano accompaniment by Dave Drazin)