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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.

Director:

Lewis Milestone

Writers:

John Steinbeck (by), Eugene Solow (screen play)
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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

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JOHN STEINBECK'S SENSATION! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 January 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La fuerza bruta See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film was first telecast in Los Angeles Sunday 11 July 1948 on KTLA (Channel 5), in Chicago Monday 6 December 1948 on WGN (Channel 9), in New York City Monday 1 February 1949 on WPIX (Channel 11), in Philadelphia Tuessday 5 July 1949 on WCAU (Channel 10), and in Cincinnati Monday 12 September 1949 on WCPO (Channel 7), as part of their series of three dozen Hal Roach feature film productions, originally theatrically released between 1931 and 1943, and now being syndicated for television broadcast by Regal Television Pictures. See more »

Goofs

When bedding down for the night at the river, George's hands change position. See more »

Quotes

Crooks: Come on in. You might as well. Everybody's coming in. Kinda like a race track.
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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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This movie was broadcast on radio, before TV . I heard it in 1950 and never forgot it.
17 August 2006 | by twobyten-1See 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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