Of Mice and Men is a film based on a novella by John Steinbeck made in 1939 starring Burgess Meredith and Lon Chaney, Jr. as the main protagonists Lenny and George. The film follows the novel's plot closely. Lennie Small and George Milton are farm hands who dream of having their own ranch. Lennie is of substandard intelligence and respects George as his protector and friend. The film follows the two men as they make their way to Salinas and try to live out their dream as the proprietors of a California ranch. The film takes place during Depression-era America. The film was directed by Lewis Milestone and also starred Betty Field, Charles Bickford, Bob Steele and Noah Beery, Jr. The film was very successful and was nominated for four Oscars including Best Picture. The musical score was done by Aaron Copland.