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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Elsa Janssen ...
Ludwig Stössel ...
Pop Gehrig (as Ludwig Stossel)
Virginia Gilmore ...
Bill Dickey ...
Ernie Adams ...
Pierre Watkin ...
Mr. Twitchell
Harry Harvey ...
Bob Meusel ...
Robert W. Meusel (as Robert W. Meusel)
Mark Koenig ...
Bill Stern ...


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 <>

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Release Date:

5 March 1943 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Yankee-k dicsősége  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Released just 17 months after Lou Gehrig's death. See more »


During the collage of Gehrig's first road trip as a starter, when the Yanks are in Washington, they show a runner running from 1st base & sliding into home, under the catcher's tag. (It's known that they flipped the film to make Cooper, a right hander, look like he was left handed, like Gehrig.) See more »


Lou Gehrig: Is it three strikes, Doc?
Clinic doctor: You want it straight?
Lou Gehrig: Sure, straight.
Clinic doctor: It's three strikes.
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I'll See You in My Dreams
(1924) (uncredited)
Music by Isham Jones
Played by a band at a restaurant
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User Reviews

Nice Movie About A Great Player and Genuinely-Nice Man
29 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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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