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The Pride of the Yankees (1942)

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

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Dan Duryea ...
Elsa Janssen ...
Ludwig Stössel ...
Pop Gehrig (as Ludwig Stossel)
Virginia Gilmore ...
Myra
Bill Dickey ...
Ernie Adams ...
Pierre Watkin ...
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Robert W. Meusel (as Robert W. Meusel)
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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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5 March 1943 (USA)  »

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In a June 8, 1942 interview, Mrs. Lou Gehrig told Louella Parsons that she was thrilled with the performance of Gary Cooper as her husband. After seeing the film, Mrs. Gehrig said, "Gary and Lou have the same expressions. They are the same type of man. Gary studied every picture of Lou's. He had everyone of his mannerisms down to a science and he is so like my husband in the picture that there were times when I felt I couldn't bear it." See more »

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The Yankees played 2 World Series against the Cardinals when Lou Gehrig was on the team - 1926 and 1928. Whichever World Series the movie was depicting (assumedly 1928, the one where Gehrig hit 2 home-runs in one game), Gehrig's #4 is clearly visible in those scenes. But the baseball team uniforms did not have numbers on their backs until 1929. See more »

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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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I'll See You in My Dreams
(1924) (uncredited)
Music by Isham Jones
Played by a band at a restaurant
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Moving biography of legendary baseball player
1 March 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In today's era of greedy athletes and their employers, the story of Lou Gehrig seems almost quaint. Here's a young man who by all accounts was selfless, kind-hearted, and rather introverted. And, of course, it didn't hurt that he was also a very good baseball player too. Put him on a lineup card today and he might not be the same player. Up until a few years ago, Gehrig's record of 2,130 consecutive games played was a record, a record that many thought would stand forever. For 16 years he was in the lineup as the Yankees' first baseman, never asking out for any reason. That alone should show you how special a person Gehrig was.

This biography is pretty straightforward. Unlike many of its kind, it doesn't show its protagonist somehow succeeding against all odds. Gehrig didn't have an abusive mother, he wasn't beaten up by kids at school, he wasn't learning-disabled, he didn't have attention-deficit disorder, he didn't come from abject poverty. He was simply a son in a working-class, immigrant family, as many were during the early decades of this century. And that's why Gehrig is so special to so many people - he symbolises their own hopes.

Gary Cooper is aces as Gehrig, and Teresa Wright is wonderful as his wife, Eleanor. If there's anything imperfect about the movie, it's that it is...well, a little predictable. That's something biopics can't avoid, of course, so it's no big problem. But even if most of the film doesn't impress you, the final speech at Yankee Stadium - when Gehrig was suffering visibly from the disease that would eventually be named after him - will move you past tears. And even better, when Gehrig's done his brief speech, he walks offscreen. If that movie were written today, he'd play another game and hit a game-winning home run. It's this film's honesty and sincerity that win you over.


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