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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 ...
Christina 'Mom' Gehrig
Ludwig Stössel ...
Henry 'Pop' Gehrig (as Ludwig Stossel)
Virginia Gilmore ...
Myra Tinsley
Bill Dickey ...
Ernie Adams ...
Pierre Watkin ...
Frank Twitchell
Harry Harvey ...
Bob Meusel ...
Bob 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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5 March 1943 (USA)  »

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A Yankee-k dicsősége  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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Lefty O'Doul worked with Gary Cooper to improve his batting style. See more »

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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 »

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[his farewell speech]
Lou Gehrig: Today, I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth.
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Chicago (That Toddlin' Town)
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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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