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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Teresa Wright became the only actress in Academy Awards history to win three acting nominations within two years: a supporting actress nomination in 1941 for The Little Foxes, a supporting actress nomination in 1942 for Mrs. Miniver, and a lead actress nomination in 1942 for The Pride of the Yankees. 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 »
All the arguing in the world can't change the decision of the umpire.
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The final opening credit card is shared by Director Sam Wood and Production Design by William Cameron Menzies. See more »
Nice Movie About A Great Player and Genuinely-Nice Man
A lot of non-baseball fans still liked this movie a lot, and that's probably because it's more about a nice guy than it is about a ballplayer. New York Yankee great Lou Gehrig is the subject. Gehrig was often in the shadow of the great Babe Ruth, but was tremendous player in his own right and a far better human being.
It's tough to find many nicer movies than this one: a totally inoffensive, sentimental and old- fashioned film about a super-nice guy, played by a popular actor: Gary Cooper. Except for one sportswriter, there were no villains or nasty people in this movie.
Teresa Wright plays "Eleanor Twitchell," who becomes Gehrig's wife and Walter Brennan plays sportswriter and friend, "Sam Blake." The real Babe Ruth played himself, which was nice to see.
Even though Gehrig died at a fairly young age of a disease now named after him, overall this was a feel-good movie of the highest sort. This was so nice a story that even the cynical critics dared not criticize it. It leaves you with tears in your eyes at the end.
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