Not Rated | | Drama
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.
Some insurance companies would not even cover Robert Newton, and the J. Arthur Rank Organisation wanted to boycott him, but Sir David Lean persisted, having worked with Newton previously on Major Barbara (1941).
You'll make your fortune, Mr Sowerberry.
Mr. Sowerberry: The prices allowed by the board are very small.
Mr. Bumble: So are the coffins.
At the beginning as the storm rages, there are two successive shots of shaking bare tree branches silhouetted against the storm clouds. On the second shot, a crew member's hand and forearm can be seen shaking this branch.
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.