7.8/10
4,271
58 user 11 critic

Of Mice and Men (1939)

Approved | | Drama | 12 January 1940 (USA)
Two itinerant migrant workers, one mentally disabled and the other his carer, take jobs as ranch hands during the Great Depression to fulfill their shared dream of owning their own ranch.

Director:

Writers:

(by), (screen play)
Reviews

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

ON DISC
Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 1 win. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Two drifters, one a gentle but slow giant, try to make money working the fields during the Depression so they can fulfill their dreams.

Director: Gary Sinise
Stars: John Malkovich, Gary Sinise, Ray Walston
Of Mice and Men (TV Movie 1981)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A TV adaptation of John Steinbeck's novel. George and Lenny travel through the Depression-era west working at odd jobs, hoping to make enough money to buy their own farm. George must always... See full summary »

Director: Reza Badiyi
Stars: Robert Blake, Randy Quaid, Lew Ayres
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

In 15th century France, a gypsy girl is framed for murder by the infatuated Chief Justice, and only the deformed bellringer of Notre Dame Cathedral can save her.

Director: William Dieterle
Stars: Charles Laughton, Maureen O'Hara, Cedric Hardwicke
Love Affair (1939)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

French playboy Michel Marnet and American Terry McKay fall in love aboard ship. They arrange to reunite 6 months later, after Michel has had a chance to earn a decent living.

Director: Leo McCarey
Stars: Irene Dunne, Charles Boyer, Maria Ouspenskaya
Crime | Horror | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A scientist who is working on a cure for influenza is victimized by his unscrupulous boss, who releases the vaccine before it's ready, resulting in the death of the scientist's young son.

Director: John Hoffman
Stars: Lon Chaney Jr., Brenda Joyce, J. Carrol Naish
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Nearly silent comedy filmed in black and white follows a street artist (Charles Lane), who rescues a baby after her father was murdered. The artist then sets off to find the mother, but has... See full summary »

Director: Charles Lane
Stars: Charles Lane, Nicole Alysia, Tom Alpern
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

An aged teacher and former headmaster of a boarding school recalls his career and his personal life over the decades.

Directors: Sam Wood, Sidney Franklin
Stars: Robert Donat, Greer Garson, Terry Kilburn
Kings Row (1942)
Drama | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

The dark side and hypocrisy of provincial American life is seen through the eyes of five children as they grow to adulthood at the turn-of-the-century.

Director: Sam Wood
Stars: Ann Sheridan, Robert Cummings, Ronald Reagan
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

During the WW2 housing shortage in Washington, two men and a woman share a single apartment and the older man plays Cupid to the other two.

Director: George Stevens
Stars: Jean Arthur, Joel McCrea, Charles Coburn
Fantasy | Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Boxer Joe Pendleton dies 50 years too soon due to a heavenly mistake, and is given a new life as a millionaire playboy.

Director: Alexander Hall
Stars: Robert Montgomery, Claude Rains, Evelyn Keyes
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Two migrant workers during the Great Depression work on a ranch in the hopes of living off the land.

Of Mice and Men (TV Movie 1968)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Two ranch workers, one of them simple-minded, look for work and happiness during the Great Depression, but luck is not in their cards.

Director: Ted Kotcheff
Stars: George Segal, Nicol Williamson, Dana Elcar
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
...
...
...
Roman Bohnen ...
...
...
Oscar O'Shea ...
Granville Bates ...
Leigh Whipper ...
Helen Lynd ...
Edit

Storyline

George Milton and Lennie Small are migrant workers in the 1930s Depression. Lennie is mentally disabled and George looks after him. While working as hands on a Western ranch, they dream of owning their own ranch and the opportunity may be available. Their current ranch is owned by a sadistic man who has a flirtatious wife. Written by dstern1

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

I'm decent I tell you... nobody's got no right to call me names! See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

12 January 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La fuerza bruta  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

| (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Leona Roberts as "Aunt Clara" is in studio records/casting call lists for this movie, but was not seen in the viewed print. See more »

Goofs

George and Lennie eat canned beans. The beans are heated before they open the cans, and they hold the cans barehanded. See more »

Quotes

Mae: Who busted your hand, Curley?
Curley: I told ya, I got it caught in a machine.
Mae: I saw that machine last night!
Curley: They told ya?
Mae: Why didn't you tell your old man, so he could can him?
Curley: The double crossin'...
Mae: I'll tell you why! Cause you were scared, if you'd talk, they'll talk too. You were scared you'd get the horse laugh... like I'm giving ya now! HA HA HA HA HA HA! Just a punk with a crippled hand! HA HA HA HA HA...
Curley: I ain't even gonna slug ya! I'm going upstairs and pack your junk. You're gettin' out of ...
[...]
See more »

Crazy Credits

The movie begins before the credits are shown. George and Lennie are fleeing a mob. They board a boxcar on a moving train, and as they close the door of the boxcar we see the main title already written on the door of the boxcar. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Space Mutiny (1997) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
One of the most under rated pictures I have seen
3 August 2004 | by (Chicago, Illinois) – See all my reviews

In high school I had to read "Of Mice and Men". It is one of my favorite books today. I loved reading it. It's one of the best stories I have ever read in my life. We also started watching the older version of "Of Mice and Men". But because the kids complained they wanted the newer one, we never finished the older version. So, I just rented the black and white version and I really enjoyed it. I thought the color version was great, but this one was more true to the story. Both movies are amazing. I'd actually recommend both if you enjoyed the book. The acting is wonderful and they stuck very well to the story. Go ahead and give the movie a chance. You might find yourself a treasure in this movie.

9/10


16 of 20 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Sorry, but I thought the film was pretty bad bbmtwy
Lon Chaney, Jr. cynical_lefty
Political correctness in 1939 ? facebook-848-5087
Who is Mae? terminatrix24
Quick review redrkr
The Musical Score of the 1939 Version ANDREWEHUNT
Discuss Of Mice and Men (1939) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page