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 »
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 »
Now batting the first baseman, number 4, Tanglefoot, I mean Gehrig
The story of Lou Gehrig, son of German immigrants, who went on to play first base for the Yankees throughout the 20's and 30's and set the then record of playing in 2,130 straight baseball games until he'd be sidelined forever from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, the disease which now bears his name. The film can appeal to baseball fans, but really succeeds because of the strong focus on Lou's marriage to Eleanor which is the reason why the film is hallmarked, rather focusing mainly on the sports clichés seen in so many other sports movies of the era. (The fact of such a tragic case of Lou Gehrig contributed as well.) Cooper is great (as usual) and it seems to be the only choice to play the role. Wright also gives an excellent performance as Eleanor, and Brennan is his usual fun self as Blake. Great job by producer Goldwyn getting this one on film. Even the former players such as Babe Ruth and Bill Dickey in particular, carry themselves well with the film. A treat for all baseball fans. Some factual errors on Gehrig's career can be overlooked here. Rating, 10.
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