G | | Drama, Family, Musical
After being sold to a mortician, young orphan Oliver Twist runs away and meets a group of boys trained to be pickpockets by an elderly mentor.
When Nancy asks Bill if he loves her and Bill says, "Of course I do, I live with you, don't I", that line was ad-libbed by Shani Wallis and Oliver Reed, because Reed was walking through a very tough neighborhood one day and heard a woman saying, "Don't you love me" and a ... ...
Who cares if straightlaces sneer at us in the street? Fine airs and fine graces don't have to sin to eat.
The "Boy For Sale" scene is historic nonsense: even during the harshest phases of the Poor Laws, a workhouse pauper could not be traded like a slave from one "owner" to another. Apprentices could be had for nothing, and it was state representatives like Bumble who had to pay tradespeople like Sowerberry for the service of taking paupers off the state's hands, rather than the other way around. The book got this right.
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