The Pride of the Yankees (1942)

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The story of the life and career of the famed baseball player, Lou Gehrig.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Elsa Janssen ...
Ludwig Stössel ...
Pop Gehrig (as Ludwig Stossel)
Virginia Gilmore ...
Bill Dickey ...
Ernie Adams ...
Pierre Watkin ...
Mr. Twitchell
Harry Harvey ...
Bob Meusel ...
Robert W. Meusel (as Robert W. Meusel)
Mark Koenig ...
Bill Stern ...


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 <>

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Release Date:

5 March 1943 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Yankee-k dicsősége  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Sportswriter Hank Hanneman (Dan Duryea) is loosely based on Hearst newspapers writer Ford Frick. Later as Commissioner of Baseball he attempted to list Ruth's and Roger Maris' season home run records separately to preserve Ruth's record. See more »


When a young Lou hits the baseball over the fence and breaks the store window, the police officer and store owner come running onto the field before Lou even gets to second base. This would be impossible reaction time for anyone to respond with the breaking of the windows just mere seconds before hand. See more »


Lou Gehrig: People have to live their own lives. Nobody can live it for you. Nobody could have made a baseball player out of Uncle Otto, and nobody can make anything but a baseball player out of me.
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Take Me Out to the Ball Game
(1908) (uncredited)
Music by Albert von Tilzer
Played during the opening credits and often in the score
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"Pride of the Yankees" Hits Memorable Home Run ****
1 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Superior biography of Lou Gehrig who had everything before ALS paid him a visit.

Gary Cooper is terrific as Gehrig. He was the embodiment of a plain, aw shucks guy who made it big in baseball. Teresa Wright had the right flavor as Eleanor, his loving wife.

There are fine supporting performances by Elsa Janssen and Ludwig Stossel as his parents.

The film is great because it shows a warm, loving family, poor financially but rich in spirit.

Rather than concentrate on all his baseball achievements, the film deals with Gehrig, the man and what a great, kindly gentleman that he was.

Walter Brennan, who made so many films with Cooper, appears again this time as a sports writer. He befriends him and becomes a close family friend. Dan Duryea, as a cynical reporter, is quite effective in a small role. He seems to have it in for Lou but succumbs like everyone else during that famous farewell speech.

What also made this film a classic was the use of Babe Ruth and other Yankees play themselves. Had the Babe lived, he could have been in films.

A definite film detailing the human spirit. When Gehrig meets the boy that he had "hit 2 home runs" for years later, your heart will go out. That scene, along with the farewell speech, was poignant.

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