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The Pride of the Yankees (1942)

Approved | | Biography, Drama, Romance | 5 March 1943 (USA)
The story of the life and career of famed baseball player Lou Gehrig.

Director:

Sam Wood

Writers:

Jo Swerling (screenplay), Herman J. Mankiewicz (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 10 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gary Cooper ... Lou Gehrig
Teresa Wright ... Eleanor Gehrig
Babe Ruth ... Babe Ruth
Walter Brennan ... Sam Blake
Dan Duryea ... Hank Hanneman
Elsa Janssen ... Mom Gehrig
Ludwig Stössel ... Pop Gehrig (as Ludwig Stossel)
Virginia Gilmore ... Myra
Bill Dickey Bill Dickey ... Bill Dickey
Ernie Adams ... Miller Huggins
Pierre Watkin ... Mr. Twitchell
Harry Harvey ... Joe McCarthy
Bob Meusel Bob Meusel ... Robert W. Meusel (as Robert W. Meusel)
Mark Koenig Mark Koenig ... Mark Koenig
Bill Stern Bill Stern ... Bill Stern
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Storyline

Biopic traces the life of Lou Gehrig, famous baseball player who played in 2130 consecutive games before falling at age 37 to ALS, a deadly nerve disease which now bears his name. Gehrig is followed from his childhood in New York until his famous 'Luckiest Man' speech at his farewell day in 1939. Written by Jerry Milani <jmilani@ix.netcom.com>

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The Crowd Worshipped Him... One Woman Understood Him! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 March 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lou Gehrig See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Whilst Spencer Tracy, Eddie Albert, Cary Grant and Brian Donlevy were all considered for the lead role, Samuel Goldwyn was determined that Gary Cooper take the part. See more »

Goofs

The second home run that Gehrig hits in the World Series game against St. Louis Cardinals (Gehrig promised a child in the hospital that he would hit two home runs) begins as a low line drive sinking as it passes the infield; it suddenly takes a different trajectory and becomes a home run. See more »

Quotes

Lou Gehrig: All the arguing in the world can't change the decision of the umpire.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: This is the story of a hero of the peaceful paths of everyday life.

It is the story of a gentle young man who, in the full flower of his great fame, was a lesson in simplicity and modesty to the youth of America.

He faced death with that same valor and fortitude that has been displayed by thousands of young Americans on far-flung fields of battle. He left behind him a memory of courage and devotion that will ever be an inspiration to all men.

This is the story of Lou Gehrig.

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Featured in Gary Cooper: The Face of a Hero (1998) See more »

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I'm Just Wild About Harry
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Moving biography of legendary baseball player
1 March 2000 | by dfranzen70See all my reviews

In today's era of greedy athletes and their employers, the story of Lou Gehrig seems almost quaint. Here's a young man who by all accounts was selfless, kind-hearted, and rather introverted. And, of course, it didn't hurt that he was also a very good baseball player too. Put him on a lineup card today and he might not be the same player. Up until a few years ago, Gehrig's record of 2,130 consecutive games played was a record, a record that many thought would stand forever. For 16 years he was in the lineup as the Yankees' first baseman, never asking out for any reason. That alone should show you how special a person Gehrig was.

This biography is pretty straightforward. Unlike many of its kind, it doesn't show its protagonist somehow succeeding against all odds. Gehrig didn't have an abusive mother, he wasn't beaten up by kids at school, he wasn't learning-disabled, he didn't have attention-deficit disorder, he didn't come from abject poverty. He was simply a son in a working-class, immigrant family, as many were during the early decades of this century. And that's why Gehrig is so special to so many people - he symbolises their own hopes.

Gary Cooper is aces as Gehrig, and Teresa Wright is wonderful as his wife, Eleanor. If there's anything imperfect about the movie, it's that it is...well, a little predictable. That's something biopics can't avoid, of course, so it's no big problem. But even if most of the film doesn't impress you, the final speech at Yankee Stadium - when Gehrig was suffering visibly from the disease that would eventually be named after him - will move you past tears. And even better, when Gehrig's done his brief speech, he walks offscreen. If that movie were written today, he'd play another game and hit a game-winning home run. It's this film's honesty and sincerity that win you over.


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