Cinema: The New Pictures: Jan. 15, 1940

Of Mice and Men (United Artists). This first John Steinbeck picture is U. S. amusement seekers' third exposure to his bleak account of manly affection between two bin die stiffs (tramps who tote their own blankets) on a California grain ranch. It was first a novel, then a Broadway play.

This time Lon Chancy Jr. (in his first big role) is hulking, dim-witted Lennie, who looks like a moronic Mr. Deeds, has a well-meant, heavy-handed way of stroking puppies, mice and young women into rigor mortis. Actor Burgess Meredith is George, Lennie's somewhat brighter...

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