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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
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Mrs. Lou Gehrig's choices to play her in the film were initially either Barbara Stanwyck or Jean Arthur but after seeing Teresa Wright in the movie she was won over. She said, "When Sam first told me that Teresa would play me I felt that she was much too young. I said 'Barbara Stanwyck, Jean Arthur or an actress with more experience would be better.' But now I know no one could do better, or even as well as little Teresa. Of course she's prettier and younger but then no woman could object to that, could they?" See more »
In the scene when Walter Brennan gets stopped by two motorcycle cops while driving Lou and his wife to the ballpark just after their 1933 marriage, a 1941 Buick business coupe (as a police car) is shown. A subsequent shot on a thoroughfare shows various 1940-41 cars. See more »
That Gehrig's the chump of all time. Falling for a gag like that.
Aw, he doesn't know about a gag.
Yeah? What does he know about, Mr. Bones?
He knows... I'll tell ya somethin'. A guy like that is a detriment to any sport. He's a boob with a batting eye. He wakes up, brushes his teeth, hikes out to the ballpark, hits the ball, hikes back to the hotel room, reads the funny papers, gargles and goes to bed. That's personality, hm?
A real hero.
Let me tell you about heroes, Hank....
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The final opening credit card is shared by Director Sam Wood and Production Design by William Cameron Menzies. See more »
"Pride of the Yankees" Hits Memorable Home Run ****
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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