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An orphan named Oliver Twist meets a pickpocket on the streets of London. From there, he joins a household of boys who are trained to steal for their master.
Working with Make-up Artist Stuart Freeborn, Sir Alec Guinness based Fagin's appearance on illustrations in the novel by George Cruickshank, which accented the character's wrinkles, baggy eyes, loose hair, bushy eyebrows, and beaked nose.
It only remains for me to tell you that neither of you will ever be employed in a position of trust again.
In the workhouse, after Oliver eats the gruel, his piece of bread remains on the right side of the dish. Soon after, the piece of bread is in front of his dish.
The film did not premiere in the U.S. until 1951, after ten minutes of footage involving Alec Guinness as Fagin had been cut, due to Jewish pressure groups who claimed that Guinness's portrayal was offensive and anti-Semitic.
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