John Steinbeck novels apply themselves well to the film medium, and none of his novels does more than Of Mice and Men. A sad and tragic story, it nevertheless offers of the treat of seeing Lon Chaney Jr. in his finest film performance. His performance as Lenny is the finest I have seen on film or television. It is a performance that is literally impossible to forget, and a performance that all other actors playing the Lenny character are judged by.
Burgess Meredith plays the trusted and protective friend, who in the end is unable to protect Lenny from an ignorant and hostile world. His performance meshes will with that of Lon Chaney Jr., and it is great in its own right, yet it is simply over shadowed by that of Lon Chaney Jr. as Lenny.
One of the best John Steinbeck film adaptations ever made. Highly recommend.