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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.

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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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Unbridled "realism!" defying every tradition of the screen ! See more »

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The play "Of Mice and Men" by John Steinbeck opened at the Music Box Theatre in New York on 23 November 1937 and closed in May 1938 after 277 performances. The opening night cast included Broderick Crawford (as Lenny), Wallace Ford (as George) and Will Geer (as Slim). Leigh Whipper (as Crooks) was the only member of the Broadway cast to appear in the film. See more »

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At the beginning, when George and Lennie are being chased, they are running alongside a train, then climbing inside. As they run, the shadow of the camera operator, wearing a cap, is clearly seen against a train car. See more »

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Candy: Curly's like a lot of little guys. He hates big guys. Kinda like he's mad at em, 'cause he ain't a big guy. You've seen a lotta little guys, ain't ya? always spattin'
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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 »

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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Bloodlust! (1994) See more »

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This movie was broadcast on radio, before TV . I heard it in 1950 and never forgot it.
17 August 2006 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

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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