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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 1 win See more »
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Casting, cinematography, direction, this film has it all. 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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"Theater Guild on the Air" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on May 8, 1949 with Burgess Meredith reprising his film role.See more »
Continuity: When bedding down for the night at the river, George's hands change position.See more »
Mae:Thanks for sending the big guy out. I gotta talk to you.
Slim:You got nothing to say to me.
Mae:Please, Slim. I gotta talk to somebody or I'll go crazy. Please let me. I ain't meant to live like this. I'd leave this place only I got no money. My Mother won't take me back. I only married Curley 'cause I wanted to get away from her. Maybe I oughtn't a be saying this but I don't like Curley.
Mae, Slim:No you oughtn't. You oughtn't a be here. You oughtn't a talk to me or to any guy on the ranch. Go on back to the house where you belong. I don't want to listen to your troubles. You got no troubles except what you bring on yourself. Go on, lady.
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25 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
Casting, cinematography, direction, this film has it all., 24 September 1998
Author: jnj from San Diego, California

Casting directors rarely get any real credit for what they do but I think, for this film, we must make an exception. The actors, in Of Mice And Men, play thier parts as if they were born into them. Add to this cinematography that is both artistically and technically outstanding and you have a film that truly deserves the term Classic. I believe that this film is a must-see for anyone considering a career as a writer, actor, director or any other area of film making.

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