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Of Mice and Men (1939)

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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 ... See full summary »

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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

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Dangerous. To Herself... And To Men! See more »

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The very first screen adaptation of a John Steinbeck novel. See more »

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

Quotes

Lennie: You want I should go away and leave you alone?
George Milton: Where could you go?
Lennie: Oh, I could... I could go right up in them hills and some place find a cave.
George Milton: How'd ya eat? You aint' got sense enough to find somethin' to eat.
Lennie: Oh, I'd find some things. I don't need no fancy foods like beans with ketchup! I could lay out in the sun where nobody'd hurt me.
George Milton: I been mean to ya. Ain't I?
Lennie: Well, if you don't want me you only just gotta say so. I can go right up in them hills and live by myself and I won't get no birds...
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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 »

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This movie was broadcast on radio, before TV . I heard it in 1950 and never forgot it.
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This movie has power. Some of todays movies are great extravaganzas but they have no power. The flawless performance given by Lon Chaney Jr. has never been surpassed. John Stienbeck wrote the story and is one of my favorite authors.

In this movie "Of Mice and Men" you can not help but be drawn into the story and feel every feeling that each character brings to the story. There are no big heroes here just people in a time of great tribulation. The director Lewis Milestone is superb in his making of this movie and also produced it.

I have seen all the remakes and there are none to compare. If you enjoy good movies don't miss this one and bring a box of Kleenex.


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