John Steinbeck's moving, poweful story of two ranch hands trying to find a safe haven in a hostile world comes to the screen with penetrating compassion under the deft hand of director Milestone. The huge, childlike, slightly retarded Lennie (Chaney) and the sharp, protective George
(Meredith) wander the rural West, looking for work during the Great Depression. Hired as hands at a ranch, they fantasize about owning a farm themselves one day, where George will be in charge and Lennie can tend to the small, furry, barnyard animals. Lennie, unfortunately, can't always control
his passions, or the tremendous strength with which he can act on them. When the ranch owner'...