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New Meetup: OF MICE AND MEN@Samuel Goldwyn Theatre, July 27@ 7pm

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Sent on: Wednesday, July 22, 2009 8:41 AM
Announcing a new Meetup for Los Angeles Film Enthusiasts!

What: OF MICE AND MEN@Samuel Goldwyn Theatre, July 27@ 7pm

When: July 27,[masked]:00 PM

Samuel Goldwyn Theatre
8949 Wilshire Boulevard
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

The 1939 series is winding down, with only two more films in the series. It's time for the tenth film in the wonderful "Films of 1939" series: OF MICE AND MEN, based upon the John Steinbeck novel. I have never seen this film, although I read the book back in school. It's playing on Monday night, as per usual. The film starts at 7:30 PM, but BUCK ROGERS starts at 7:00Pm. I will get to the theatre around 6:15pm. These movies are all filling up, so try to get there as early and you can. You can either park in the provided lot, or on the street (just read the signs). They will most likely start letting people into the theatre around 6:45pm. No food or drinks allowed. I will save seats, so give me a call if you can't find me:[masked]-6570. When you get upstairs, enter the theatre through the first door on your left... number 1 (this is the area on side..left of stage). We have been sitting in this area... approx. 10-15 rows down from the back. I will stand until 7pm. After a certain time (7pm), answering my phone becomes impossible.

Film Summary:

This 1939 film version of John Steinbeck's classic novel was a surprising choice for comedy producer Hal Roach; in fact, Roach had no intention of filming the property until forced to do so as a result of a lawsuit brought by director Lewis Milestone. Burgess Meredith stars as itinerant farm worker George, who travels in with his cousin and best friend Lennie (Lon Chaney, Jr.). George dreams of saving enough money for a farm of his own, a dream shared by the retarded giant Lennie, who merely wants to "tend the rabbits." Unfortunately, George has never been able to stay at a job very long, thanks to the trouble often caused by Lennie's feeble-mindedness. Still, George is fiercely loyal to Lennie and would never think of deserting him. Hired by rancher Oscar O'Shea, George and Lennie run afoul of the boss' belligerent son Curley (Bob Steele); his bored wife Mae (Betty Field) starts flirting with poor Lennie, who, not knowing his own strength, accidentally strangles the girl, leading to even more tragic consequences. Despite being endlessly parodied in Warner Bros. and MGM cartoons ("Which way did he, go George? Which way did he go?") Of Mice and Men retains its raw dramatic power. On its initial release, however, it proved a bit too powerful for many filmgoers, and it lost money. The highly acclaimed American composer Aaron Copland wrote the musical score. The 1981 TV remake of Of Mice and Men starring Robert Blake and Randy Quaid, was a virtual scene-for-scene remake of the 1939 version. The 1993 theatrical remake, starring Gary Sinise (who also directed) and John Malkovich, is perhaps closer to the source than its predecessors, but only time will tell if it attains the classic status of the Lewis Milestone version.

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