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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When Samuel Goldwyn began looking for someone to play Lou Gehrig in "Pride of the Yankees," he quizzed baseball writers. The Sporting News polled the fans, and their pick was Cleveland Indians pitcher Johnny Humphries because of the strong facial resemblance. Goodwyn considered the candidates but instead chose a seasoned pro actor Gary Cooper for the role. See more »
At an hour and 2 minutes into the film, the Yankees are playing the Cardinals at Sportsman's Park in the 1928 World Series. Right after announcer Bill Stern tells the radio audience that Gehrig has promised to hit two home runs for the sick kid in the hospital, there is a shot that appears to be from the grandstand behind home plate, revealing the park to be Yankee Stadium, not Sportsman's Park. The outfield wall makes that obvious. See more »
[his farewell speech]
Today, I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth.
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"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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