Of Mice And Men

  • 1939
  • 1 HR 47 MIN
  • NR
  • Drama

John Steinbeck's moving, poweful story of two ranch hands trying to find a safe haven in a hostile world comes to the screen with penetrating compassion under the deft hand of director Milestone. The huge, childlike, slightly retarded Lennie (Chaney) and the sharp, protective George (Meredith) wander the rural West, looking for work during the Great Depression....read more

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John Steinbeck's moving, poweful story of two ranch hands trying to find a safe haven in a hostile world comes to the screen with penetrating compassion under the deft hand of director Milestone. The huge, childlike, slightly retarded Lennie (Chaney) and the sharp, protective George

(Meredith) wander the rural West, looking for work during the Great Depression. Hired as hands at a ranch, they fantasize about owning a farm themselves one day, where George will be in charge and Lennie can tend to the small, furry, barnyard animals. Lennie, unfortunately, can't always control

his passions, or the tremendous strength with which he can act on them. When the ranch owner's vicious son Curley (Steele) begins browbeating the men too much, the trouble begins. Things get even worse when Curley's bored, flirtatious wife (Field) begins toying with the baffled Lennie, and George

realizes he must do something about his friend.

Though grim and offbeat, OF MICE AND MEN is a noble morality tale that can be appreciated for its simplicity. The acting is faultless and Copland's score is magnificent. Hollywood censorship deserves at least a modest amount of praise for not completely eviscerating a powerfully adult story. This

was Chaney's finest performance ever; equally impressive are Meredith, Bickford, Field, Bohnen (in an especially moving turn as the pathetic Candy), and B-film cowboy star Steele. Remade by clumsier hands, and with too much gloss, in 1992.

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