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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"Screen Director's Playhouse" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on Friday, September 30th, 1949 with Gary Cooper reprising his film role. See more »
In the movie, Lou Gehrig hits two home runs and Babe Ruth hits one for "Little Billy" in the hospital. According to baseball-reference.com in the 1928 World Series Gehrig did not hit multiple home runs in any game that Ruth did homer. In game 3 against the St. Louis Cardinals Gehrig hit 2 home runs and Ruth none. In Game 4 Gehrig hit one and Ruth three. While the movie is not specific about the game being in the 1926 or 1928 World Series where both the Yanees and Cardinals met, there are two ways to tell it is 1928. One Gehrig did not homer in the '26 series. Two, the Yankees are celebrating a series victory later in the movie. The Yankees won the '28 series and lost in '26. See more »
[his farewell speech]
Today, I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth.
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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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