OF MICE AND MEN is about to return to the Broadway stage this spring, and it’s no wonder! We have still not tired of this poignant story that began as a play in 1937. The 1939 film, directed by Lewis Milestone, is as good today as it was when it was released. And you can see it on the big screen on Saturday, January 25 at 7:00pm at the Palm Theatre in downtown San Luis Obispo.
Nominated for four Academy Awards, and lauded with critical praise, the movie is based on John Steinbeck’s great Depression-era novel. It tells the touching story of George and his mentally challenged partner Lennie, who are trying to survive during the dust bowl of the 1930s and pursue a dream of owning their own ranch, instead of always working for others. Starring in the lead roles were Hollywood newcomer Burgess Meredith as George, and veteran actor Lon Chaney Jr. (the son of famed silent film actor Lon Chaney Sr) as Lennie. Chaney had appeared in more than 50 films at that point in his career, but Of Mice and Men was his first major role.
One of the last films in the SLO County on the Silver Screen series presented by Mid American Solar, OF MICE AND MEN was partially filmed in San Luis Obispo County. Records are sketchy but apparently several of the exterior ranch scenes were shot at Hearst Ranch.
Tickets are available now for $10/$8 online and will also be sold (if available) at the door at 6:30pm on Jan. 25th.