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Motion Picture Herald production charts list Jackie Searle in the cast, but his appearance in the final film has not been confirmed. According to Film Daily, star Dickie Moore was borrowed from Hal Roach, and Irving Pichel was borrowed from Paramount. A January 1933 Film Daily article indicates that Herbert Brenon, who was originally assigned to direct the film, and I. E. Chadwick, the film's producer, were released from the production shortly before it began. Chadwick does receive a screen credit as producer, however, and Brenon is credited as supervisor. The Film Daily article also notes that executive producer Lou Ostrow signed Mary Brian and Lyle Talbot to the leading roles in addition to Moore. Mary Brian was listed in early Hollywood Reporter production charts, but neither she nor Lyle Talbot appeared in the released film. Hollywood Reporter production charts also list Archie Stout as the film's photographer, but the extent of his participation in the final film is not known. An October 1933 Film Daily news item noted that the film was dubbed into French, Spanish and German.
The first dramatization of Charles Dickens' serialized novel was performed in London on March 27, 1938. The first American dramatization of Dickens' novel opened in New York on January 7, 1839. Numerous stage productions of the story have been performed in England, the United States and elsewhere. Among the many films based on the novel are: the 1916 Paramount film directed by James Young and starring Marie Doro and Hobart Bosworth (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1911-20; F1.3226); the 1922 Jackie Coogan Productions film directed by Frank Lloyd and starring Jackie Coogan and Lon Chaney (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30; F2.3957); the 1948 British production directed by David Lean and starring Robert Newton and Alec Guinness; and the 1968 British film Oliver!, directed by Carol Reed and starring Ron Moody, Shani Wallis and Mark Lester (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1961-70; F6.3593). Roman Polanski directed another film entitled Oliver Twist in 2005, starring Ben Kingsley as Fagan and Barney Clark as Oliver. Televised versions of Oliver Twist include a Dupont Show of the Month production, directed by Dan Petrie and starring Frederick Clark and Eric Portman, which aired on the CBS television network on December 4, 1959; and the ITT Theatre production, directed by Clive Donner and starring George C. Scott and Richard Charles, which aired on the CBS network on March 23, 1982.