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John Steinbeck's classic novel brought to the silver screen. Set in the bucolic Salinas Valley of California in the 1930's, "Of Mice and Men" paints a bold, vivid picture of life in the depression era and tells the tragic tale of George (Burgess Meredith) and Lenny (Lon Chaney, Jr.), two itinerant farm hands searching for a safe haven from the cruelties of the world. Nominated for the Best Picture Academy Award in 1939, "Of Mice and Men" features a moving Oscar-nominated score from legendary composer Aaron Copland.
Truly one of the unsung triumphs of 1939, this heartfelt adaptation of John Steinbeck's morality tale of two itinerant migrant workers seems just as fresh and powerful decades after its release. Lon Chaney Jr. gives the performance of a lifetime as the sweet yet feeble-minded Lennie, who is befriended by the weary Burgess Meredith. They both would be lost without each other in a rather mixed-up world. Sensitively directed by Lewis Milestone (All Quiet on the Western Front), the film features the first pre-credit sequence in American film history. There's also a nice score by Aaron Copland. --Bill Desowitz
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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.
George and Lennie are itinerant farm workers hoboing there way through the west. The sharp minded leader George played superbly by Burgess Meredith has been looking after the dim witted beast of burden Lennie for years. He has crafted a scenario where they will accumulate enough money to buy a place of their own. He promises Lennie, who has a patholgic affinity for stroking soft things, that he will be able to tend the soft furry rabbits. Lennie makes George repeat their plans time and time again never tiring of the story.
They find work on a barley farm but soon the uncontrollable Lennie gets into trouble and their plans get altered.
Lon Chaney Jr. was obnoxiously fantastic as the mentally challenged Lenny. Burgess Meredith once again proves that he is one of the greatest character actors to ever have appeared on the American screen.
Lenny and George are two tramps who seek only a place to call their own. To George, land is physical; it will provide security against the uncertainties of a dust bowl existence. To Lenny, land is internal; it is more of a time than a place. It represents a time to pet rabbits and feel the closeness engendered by the proximity of those rabbits to George. Both are fleeing from the rape charges shouted out by a woman in the previous town against the hulking, dim-witted Lenny. All Lenny wanted was to pet a pretty thing. Both escape to find work on a ranch, but the loneliness that plagued them as a pair on the road they learn afflicts others too.Read more ›
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Amidst the turbulent sea of box office smashes on 1939 like Gone with the Wind and The Wizard of Oz, not to mention the start of WWII, this black and white masterpiece seemed to... Read morePublished on March 23 2003 by Christopher Sean Simon
Amidst the turbulent sea of box office smashes on 1939 like Gone with the Wind, The Wizard of Oz, not to mention the start of WWII, this black and white masterpiece seemed to have... Read morePublished on March 23 2003 by Christopher Sean Simon
1939's Of Mice And Men is a beautiful film. I enjoyed it from frame 1 through its heartbreaking finish. Read morePublished on Oct. 14 2002 by David Von Pein
In an earlier life I was an actor and I was in "of Mice and Men" in a stage production a number of years ago. Since then I have made the show somnething of a hobby. Read morePublished on Dec 31 2001 by Kar Dell
This is the legendary film that brought Lon Chaney Jr. to star status with his portrayal of dim-witted Lenny. Read morePublished on Aug. 19 2001 by John Robinson
The greatest year ever for the movies was undoubtedly 1939. Of Mice and Men was a member of the class of '39 and was also one of the ten films to be nominated for best picture that... Read morePublished on July 9 2001 by Mr Peter G George
one of the greatest classics of all time. if not for such great insurmountable competition released during the same year, this one would have taken the oscar for best picture and... Read morePublished on July 2 2001 by Alan W. Armes