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Of Mice and Men (1939)

Approved | | Drama | 12 January 1940 (USA)
A mentally disabled giant and his level headed guardian find work at a sadistic cowboy's ranch in depression era America.

Director:

Lewis Milestone

Writers:

John Steinbeck (by), Eugene Solow (screen play)
Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 2 wins. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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 Leigh Whipper ... Crooks
Helen Lynd ... Susie
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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 | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Powerful in its grim human appeal! See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

First movie for which Aaron Copland wrote a soundtrack. 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

Slim: I wish somebody'd shoot me when I get old.
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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 »

Connections

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

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Arguably one of the best pictures ever made.
12 November 1998 | by buxSee all my reviews

Steinbeck's classic story of 'my brother's keeper' brought to the silver screen in a reverent manner. Perhaps the biggest story in this film is the fact that Chaney jr. could REALLY act-he was undoubtedly cheated out of the Oscar for best actor. Merideth, best known to younger folks as Rocky's trainer does a fine job as the brains in this two man operation. Veteran cowboy star Bob Steele does a stand-out job as the heavy. The direction is steady and the script lifted literally from the novel(why improve perfection?) Remade several times, but never as effectively. Even if you've seen it 100 times, keep a hankie handy.


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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 January 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Company Credits

Production Co:

Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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