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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 ...
Mr. Twitchell
Harry Harvey ...
Bob Meusel ...
Robert W. Meusel (as Robert W. Meusel)
Mark Koenig ...
Bill Stern ...
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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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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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5 March 1943 (USA)  »

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A Yankee-k dicsősége  »

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One of two films directed by Sam Wood in 1942 to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Film. The other, Kings Row (1942), also netted Wood a nomination for Best Director. See more »

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During the game with the home runs for the boy in the hospital, one shot of the infield shows a dirt path between home plate and the pitcher's mound; all other infield shots show grass in that area. See more »

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Hank Hanneman: That Gehrig's the chump of all time. Falling for a gag like that.
Sam Blake: Aw, he doesn't know about a gag.
Hank Hanneman: Yeah? What does he know about, Mr. Bones?
Sam Blake: Baseball.
Hank Hanneman: 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?
Sam Blake: The best.
Hank Hanneman: A real hero.
Sam Blake: Let me tell you about heroes, Hank....
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Auld Lang Syne
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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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