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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:

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

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Parents Guide:

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Trivia

Lennie was Lon Chaney Jr.'s personal favorite of all his screen roles. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Slim: Carlson's right, Candy. That poor dog ain't no good to himself. I wish somebody'd shoot me when I get old and crippled.
Candy: [choked up] Maybe it would hurt him. I don't mind taking care of him.
Carlson: He'd be better off dead. The way I'd shoot him he wouldn't feel nothin'.
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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 »

User Reviews

 
Casting, cinematography, direction, this film has it all.
24 September 1998 | by jnjSee all my reviews

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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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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