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Of Mice and Men

Of Mice and Men (1939)

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This 1939 film version of John Steinbeck's classic novel was a surprising choice for comedy producer Hal Roach; in fact, Roach had no intention of filming the property until forced to do so as a result of a lawsuit brought by director Lewis Milestone. Burgess Meredith stars as itinerant farm worker George, who travels in with his cousin and best friend Lennie (Lon Chaney, Jr.). George dreams of saving enough money for a farm of his own, a dream shared by the retarded giant Lennie, who merely

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Drama, Classics

Eugene Solow

Mar 13, 2001

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All Critics (14) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (12) | Rotten (0) | DVD (3)

Impressive adaptation of Steinbeck's novel.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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On the indicated level a marvelous job of production, direction, and acting has been done.

January 18, 2013 Full Review Source: The Nation
The Nation

The natural state of humanity is to be kind to each other, Steinbeck says - holding George and Lennie up as an imperfect example.

December 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Milestone's version is the most powerful adaptation of John Steinbeck' touching story of two drifters in Depression era America, played by Burgess Meredith and Lon Chaney and brilliantly scored by Aaron Copeland.

March 3, 2008 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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A wonderful adaptation of Steinbeck's novel with Lon Chaney Jr. giving a break-out performancel that propelled him to stardom. Cowboy star Bob Steele also gets to show his acting chops in the supporting role of Curley. A winner.

February 25, 2004
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

Inventive filming of the Steinbeck novel with a classic performance by Chaney

October 16, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for Of Mice and Men

No wonder why Lon Chaney Jr. was propelled to stardom after shining as Lennie in this solid adaptation of Steinbeck's good story, finding the exact right tone for a mentally limited character who could have become really irritating if played by a lesser actor.
November 18, 2013
blacksheepboy

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This often overlooked version of Of Mice and Men is truly great and seriously underrated. The chemistry between Burgess Meredith's (by the way, it was incredibly weird to see a young Burgess Meredith) George and Lon Chaney Jr's Lenny is truly inspired. Its every bit as heartbreaking as you remember the book to be. The acting's stupendous, as are the direction and photography. Great opening sequence, too. The scene where Candy puts his dog down was irrepressibly sad--almost as bad as the final scene. Of Mice and Men isn't exactly the feel good hit of the summer, but its a damn fine movie.
November 4, 2009
mjgildea

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Burgess Meredith and Lon Chaney both bring the level of gravity needed for one of Steinbeck's best pieces of work. An epic film of an epic work.
January 27, 2014
John Ballantine

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There have been 3 film adaptations of this Steinbeck masterpiece of humanity and love.
February 19, 2008
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