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The Pride of the Yankees (1942)

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

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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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Samuel Goldwyn was initially reluctant about making the film as he believed that baseball movies were box office poison. He was persuaded to do it when he viewed footage of Gehrig's famous farewell speech. See more »

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The exchange between Sam and Lou states that Gehrig won the American League Triple Crown on the same day as Lou's wedding day. However, Lou and Eleanor were married in September 1933. Lou won the Triple Crown in the 1934 season. See more »

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Eleanor Gehrig: Lou Gehrig, I could learn to like you.
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The final opening credit card is shared by Director Sam Wood and Production Design by William Cameron Menzies. See more »

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Referenced in Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #7.45 (2008) See more »

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Ain't We Got Fun
(1921) (uncredited)
Music by Richard A. Whiting
Lyrics by Gus Kahn and Ray Egan
Played at the college dance and partially sung by Virginia Gilmore
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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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