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Super Reviewer
September 7, 2017
want to see this because it was nominated for best picture at the oscars and by NBR
August 25, 2017
The 1939 movie adaptation of Mice and Men is a respectable, though flawed one. It is technically quite weak despite its superb score as the cinematography is very poor and Curly's wife got too much screen time, but that also led to her better and less stereotypical portrayal. The casting was excellent as Burgess Meredith and Lon Chaney, Jr. were perfect for these roles and they excelled at them and the film is so faithful to the book that I really liked it overall.
June 10, 2017
Heavy, gut-wrenching, and tear-jerking. If you're looking for a happy, fun movie, this is not one of those movies. Other than that, it's a powerful movie that is highly recommended to watch sometime in your life.
½ February 19, 2017
Burgess Meredith and Lon Chaney Jr. are both impressive in their roles in what proves to be an excellent adaptation of the unforgettable classic story. (First and only full viewing - 2/15/2011)
½ December 24, 2016
A strong adaptation of the John Steinbeck novel. Lon Chaney Jr. and Burgess Meredith are believable and outstanding in the lead roles. The film adaptation has been subsequently reproduced, but this version is the gold standard to which all subsequent versions will be measured.

The rise and fall of tragic dreams are dissected in this story Life was hard then. Men had nothing but dreams of a better life to cope. The character of George demonstrates how certain people will follow a path of responsibility for a fellow man over the much easier, selfish road most people naturally pursue.

A well designed plot, with good flow and connectivity of scenes. Note the various parallels between the treatment of animals and how others treat and are treated by Lennie
Super Reviewer
½ July 22, 2016
No wonder why Lon Chaney Jr. was propelled to stardom after shining as Lennie in this solid adaptation of Steinbeck's good story, as he finds the perfect tone for a mentally disabled character who could have become really irritating if played by a lesser actor.
March 24, 2016
I didn't want to hurt him.

Two workers travel the countryside doing any work they can to make a living. One of the men is mentally challenged and reliant on his best friend George, his companion. The mentally challenged worker seems harmless and passive, but his strength is sometimes more than he realizes and he causes unfortunate mishaps.

"He got kicked in the head when he was a kid."

Lewis Milestone, director of All Quiet on the Western Front, Mutiny on the Bounty, Ocean's Eleven, The Strange Love of Martha Ivers, and Pork Chop Hill, delivers Of Mice and Men. The storyline for this picture is very well told and contains fascinating characters and settings. The action is excellent and the cast includes Burgess Meredith, Lon Chaney Jr, Charles Bickford, Bob Steele, and Noah Berry Jr.

"I ain't meant to live like this."

I came across this on Turner Classic Movies (TCM) and had to DVR it. I love these classics like Grapes of Wrath and To Kill a Mocking Bird. This has a very similar feel and pace and the story comes together and concludes perfectly. This is an all time classic that is worth your time.

"I can see it!"

Grade: A
February 26, 2016
A spectacular presentation on the screen. The performances by the whole cast where great, especially Chaney as Lenny. Some of the cinematography was amazing, especially for it being from 1939.
October 30, 2015
This movie is so much better than the 1992 remake. They tried but it didn't have the same feel to it. So many younger people won't watch it which is a shame, my daughter wouldn't because it was in black and white.
September 7, 2015
What should be an emotional tour de force with its storytelling and acting supremacy is unfortunately bogged down by Hollywood's need to provide a recycled soundtrack and overtly exposition-heavy dialogue. However, it's still a worthwhile viewing no doubt, and if you are sensitive to the subject matter should pull the tear trigger.
July 26, 2015
I am just sticking with the newer film with Gary Sinise and John Malkovich. I am not interested in black and white films.
May 9, 2015
Good adaptation of the sad novel.
April 24, 2015
A truly terrific film that completely exceeded my expectations. A simple & stirring film about two drifters...Lennie a tall, very strong but simple man & his best bud George who is sharp as a tack played perfectly by Burgess Meredith (the coach in Rocky).

The film is so honest & truthful it's a story of people & who they are & what they do. There are many tender & beautiful scenes but the one that stayed in my mind is where an old farmer is forced to put down his dog & the emotional impact of this is surreal:

I was completely blown away by it & was much more impressed than I thought I would be. 1939 was a great year for cinema & this was truly one of the years finest.
½ April 4, 2015
We all read the book at school and so we know what happens in this, and that sort of took my interest away a bit. I've not seen Lon Chaney in a non-horror before, he did a good job as Lenny, even if his character gets annoying after a while.
March 19, 2015
The best adaptation of Steinbeck's classic novel. I'm sure better reviews have been written, so I only have a couple of thoughts to offer. The film is about alienation and the desperate need to be wanted and loved. I must say that Lon Chaney, Jr. should have been nominated for an Oscar for his heart-rending portrayal of Lennie.
February 24, 2015
The balancing of heartfelt characters in different ways is approached in a good way while also commenting on its society through both class and gender considerations. The interplay between Meredith and Lon is rather strong.
February 23, 2015
good version of this
January 7, 2015
Lon Chaney Jr got an Oscar nomination as mentally disabled Lenny Small, and in any other year, both he and this film would have walked away with trophies. But this is 1939. Steinbeck's novel is brilliantly brought to life via Hal Roach and a cost including very young Burgess Meredith and Wallace Berry. A lost classic. Essential.
½ January 5, 2015
In impressive simultaneity, "Of Mice And Men" manages to not only erect an enticing visual manifestation of the classic Steinbeck novel, but it also succeeds in firmly representing everything its source material put forth.
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