Saturday, October 16, 2010

Of Mice and Men (1939)

If you've already read the book, there are no surprises here. Steinbeck's classic is more popular than any movie version of his work. What is significant about this version is that it was released just two years after the book.

Bumbling Lennie is played by Lon Chaney Jr., son of the Man of a Thousand Faces. Lennie's protector, George, is played by Rocky's future trainer, Burgess Meredith. My guess is the iconic abominable snowman from Looney Toons is based more on Chaney's performance here than Steinbeck's words.

Not much else to say. It's a faithful adaptation but not as emotionally impactful as the book.

100 to go...

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