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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Intimate and thrilling drama of a hero of the headlines... the girl who had his love and shared his life, but dared not question his one secret! See more »


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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)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Gehrig's famous last speech is not delivered verbatim in the film, it was restructured slightly for dramatic emphasis. See more »


When Christina 'Mom' Gehrig joins Eleanor Twitchell are discussing the bureau as they shop for home furnishings, Eleanor stands before the rectangular mirror in the long-shots, but in the close-up, she is standing in front of a heart-shaped mirror. See more »


Lou Gehrig: Is it three strikes, Doc?
Clinic doctor: You want it straight?
Lou Gehrig: Sure, straight.
Clinic doctor: It's three strikes.
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Referenced in Frasier: Hot Ticket (1998) See more »


I'm Just Wild About Harry
(1921) (uncredited)
Music Eubie Blake
Played at the college dance
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Now batting the first baseman, number 4, Tanglefoot, I mean Gehrig
30 August 2004 | by (Flushing, NY) – See all my reviews

The story of Lou Gehrig, son of German immigrants, who went on to play first base for the Yankees throughout the 20's and 30's and set the then record of playing in 2,130 straight baseball games until he'd be sidelined forever from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, the disease which now bears his name. The film can appeal to baseball fans, but really succeeds because of the strong focus on Lou's marriage to Eleanor which is the reason why the film is hallmarked, rather focusing mainly on the sports clichés seen in so many other sports movies of the era. (The fact of such a tragic case of Lou Gehrig contributed as well.) Cooper is great (as usual) and it seems to be the only choice to play the role. Wright also gives an excellent performance as Eleanor, and Brennan is his usual fun self as Blake. Great job by producer Goldwyn getting this one on film. Even the former players such as Babe Ruth and Bill Dickey in particular, carry themselves well with the film. A treat for all baseball fans. Some factual errors on Gehrig's career can be overlooked here. Rating, 10.

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