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John Steinbeck (by)
Eugene Solow (screen play)
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Release Date:
12 January 1940 (USA) See more »
Unbridled "realism!" defying every tradition of the screen ! See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 2 wins See more »
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This movie was broadcast on radio, before TV . I heard it in 1950 and never forgot it. See more (58 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Burgess Meredith ... George Milton

Betty Field ... Mae Jackson

Lon Chaney Jr. ... Lennie Small

Charles Bickford ... Slim

Roman Bohnen ... Candy

Bob Steele ... Curley Jackson

Noah Beery Jr. ... Whit
Oscar O'Shea ... Jackson

Granville Bates ... Carlson
Leigh Whipper ... Crooks

Helen Lynd ... Susie
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Silver Tip Baker ... Old Hand (uncredited)

John Beach ... Ranch Hand (uncredited)
Baldwin Cooke ... Ranch Hand (uncredited)
Whitney De Rahm ... Ranch Hand (uncredited)
Eddie Dunn ... Bus Driver (uncredited)
Henriette Kay ... Girl (uncredited)
Jack Lawrence ... Ranch Hand (uncredited)

Howard M. Mitchell ... Sheriff (uncredited)

Barbara Pepper ... Second Girl (uncredited)
Carl Pitti ... Ranch Hand (uncredited)
Charles Watt ... Ranch Hand (uncredited)

Directed by
Lewis Milestone 
Writing credits
John Steinbeck (by)

Eugene Solow (screen play)

Produced by
Lewis Milestone .... producer
Frank Ross .... associate producer
Original Music by
Aaron Copland (musical score by)
Cinematography by
Norbert Brodine (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Bert Jordan (edited by)
Art Direction by
Nicolai Remisoff 
Makeup Department
Ernie Young .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Nate Watt .... assistant director
Art Department
William Stevens .... interior decorations (as W.L. Stevens)
Joseph MacDonald .... property master (uncredited)
Sound Department
William Randall .... sound recordist
Elmer Raguse .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Roy Seawright .... photographic effects
Rex Rossi .... stunt double: Bob Steele (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Wallace Chewning .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Tom Evans .... still photographer (uncredited)
Vic Jones .... gaffer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Harry Black .... wardrobe supervisor
Music Department
Irvin Talbot .... conductor
George Bassman .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Sam Harris .... from the stage play produced by (as Sam H. Harris)
George S. Kaufman .... from the play staged by
Hal Roach .... presenter
Budd Boetticher .... horse wrangler: second unit (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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106 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono | Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Argentina:13 | Finland:K-16 | Sweden:15 | UK:PG (DVD rating) | UK:A (1940) | USA:Approved (PCA #5797)

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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 »
Revealing mistakes: George and Lennie eat canned beans. The beans are heated before they open the cans, and they hold the cans barehanded.See more »
George Milton:What do you want?
Lennie:Where are we going?
George Milton:Forget that already, did you?
Lennie:I forgot. I tried not to forget, honest I did.
George Milton:Ok, Ok. I'll tell you again. I got nothin' else to do. Might as well spend my time telling you things you forget. You forget 'em, I'll tell you again.
Lennie:I tried and tried but it didn't do no good. I remember about the rabbits, George.
George Milton:Oh, yeah. The only thing you can remember are those rabbits.
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15 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
This movie was broadcast on radio, before TV . I heard it in 1950 and never forgot it., 17 August 2006
Author: twobyten-1 from Canada

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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