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Director:
Writers:
Jo Swerling (screenplay) and
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Release Date:
5 March 1943 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
THE Private LIFE OF A GREAT Public HERO! (original print ad - mostly caps) See more »
Plot:
The story of the life and career of the famed baseball player, Lou Gehrig. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 10 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Gary gracefully gets it right, as Gehrig. See more (58 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Gary Cooper ... Henry Louis 'Lou' Gehrig

Teresa Wright ... Eleanor Twitchell

Babe Ruth ... Babe Ruth

Walter Brennan ... Sam Blake
Dan Duryea ... Hank Hanneman
Elsa Janssen ... Christina 'Mom' Gehrig
Ludwig Stössel ... Henry 'Pop' Gehrig (as Ludwig Stossel)
Virginia Gilmore ... Myra Tinsley
Bill Dickey ... Bill Dickey
Ernie Adams ... Miller Huggins
Pierre Watkin ... Frank Twitchell
Harry Harvey ... Joe McCarthy
Bob Meusel ... Bob Meusel (as Robert W. Meusel)
Mark Koenig ... Mark Koenig
Bill Stern ... Bill Stern
Addison Richards ... Jim

Hardie Albright ... Van Tuyl
Edward Fielding ... Clinic Doctor
George Lessey ... Walter Otto, Mayor of New Rochelle
Edgar Barrier ... Hospital Doctor
Douglas Croft ... Lou Gehrig as a Boy
Gene Collins ... Billy
David Holt ... Billy, at 17
Ray Noble and His Orchestra ... Orchestra
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ed Agresti ... Barber (uncredited)
Ernie Alexander ... Bellhop with Flowers (uncredited)
Walter Anthony ... Merril (uncredited)
Hooper Atchley ... Lathered Man in Barber Shop (uncredited)
Bettye Avery ... Nightclub Singer (uncredited)
Becky Bohanon ... Little Girl (uncredited)
Lynton Brent ... Photographer in Hospital (uncredited)
Roy Brent ... Yankee Ballplayer (uncredited)
Betty Brewer ... Little Girl (uncredited)
Don Brodie ... Girl Show Barker (uncredited)
Charles Cane ... Plumber (uncredited)
Jack Carr ... Plumber (uncredited)
Burr Caruth ... Village Storekeeper (uncredited)
Eddy Chandler ... Motorcycle Cop #2 (uncredited)
Lane Chandler ... Mark - Player in Locker Room (uncredited)
Bill Chaney ... Newsboy (uncredited)
Jack Chapin ... Photographer (uncredited)
Janet Chapman ... Tessie (uncredited)
Spencer Charters ... Mr. Larsen (uncredited)
Porter Chase ... Weight Guesser (uncredited)

Dane Clark ... Fraternity Boy (uncredited)
Heinie Conklin ... Wallpaper Hanger (uncredited)
Hal Cooke ... Man in Cab (uncredited)
Clancy Cooper ... Motorcycle Cop #1 (uncredited)
John Daheim ... Reporter in Hospital (uncredited)
Eva Dennison ... Mrs. Worthington (uncredited)
Lester Dorr ... Disappointed Fan #1 (uncredited)
Peter Du Rey ... Photographer in Hospital (uncredited)
Lorna Dunn ... Clinic Nurse (uncredited)
Jim Farley ... Spectator (uncredited)

Frank Faylen ... Yankee Third Base Coach (uncredited)
Walter Fenner ... Dentist (uncredited)

Pat Flaherty ... Yankee Ballplayer (uncredited)
Charles Flynn ... Fraternity Boy (uncredited)
Rosina Galli ... Mrs. Fabrini (uncredited)
Jack Gardner ... Tunnel of Love Barker (uncredited)
Vaughan Glaser ... Doctor in Gehrig Home (uncredited)
Mary Gordon ... Maid (uncredited)
George Guhl ... Second Paper Hanger (uncredited)

Eddie Hall ... Reporter in Hospital Room (uncredited)
Harry Hayden ... Department Store Manager (uncredited)
Vinton Hayworth ... Fraternity Boy (uncredited)
Oscar 'Dutch' Hendrian ... Furniture Mover (uncredited)
John Hiestand ... Announcer (uncredited)
Earle Hodgins ... Bottle Game Operator (uncredited)
Fay Holderness ... Spectator (uncredited)
John Ince ... Man in Box Seat (uncredited)
Mitchell Ingraham ... Barber (uncredited)
Charles Irwin ... Carnival Batting Game Operator (uncredited)
Jack Irwin ... Photographer in Hospital (uncredited)
Sheldon Jett ... Sportsman at Ballgame (uncredited)
Payne B. Johnson ... Boy in Ball Park (uncredited)
John Kellogg ... Fraternity Boy (uncredited)
Donald Kerr ... Photographer (uncredited)
Richard Kipling ... Broker (uncredited)
Pat Lane ... Wheel of Chance Barker (uncredited)
Larry Lawson ... Barker (uncredited)
Rex Lease ... Spectator (uncredited)
Theodore Lorch ... Neighbor Leaning Through Window (uncredited)
Frank Lyman ... Fraternity Boy (uncredited)
Dave Manley ... Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia (uncredited)
Francisco Marán ... Rathskeller Headwaiter (uncredited)
Ralph McCullough ... Reporter in Hospital (uncredited)
George McDonald ... Wally Pipp (uncredited)
Matt McHugh ... Strength Machine Operator (uncredited)
James McNamara ... Rathskeller Manager (uncredited)
John Merkyl ... Spectator (uncredited)
Howard M. Mitchell ... Sportsman at Ballgame (uncredited)
Irving Mitchell ... Headwaiter (uncredited)
Pat Moriarity ... Policeman in 1915 (uncredited)
Tom Neal ... Fraternity Boy (uncredited)
Ray Noble ... Orchestra Leader (uncredited)
Patsy O'Byrne ... Scrubwoman (uncredited)
George Offerman Jr. ... Freshman (uncredited)
John B. Old ... Reporter (uncredited)
Garry Owen ... Scorecard Vendor (uncredited)
Sarah Padden ... Mrs. Roberts (uncredited)
Emory Parnell ... Chicago Policeman O'Doul (uncredited)
Edward Peil Sr. ... Policeman (uncredited)
Cyril Ring ... Photographer (uncredited)
Henry Roquemore ... Disappointed Fan #2 (uncredited)
Art Rowlands ... Telephone Man (uncredited)
William Roy ... Joe Fabrini (uncredited)
Rip Russell ... Laddie (uncredited)
Francis Sayles ... Cab Driver (uncredited)
Anita Sharp-Bolster ... Sasha's Mother (uncredited)
C. Montague Shaw ... Mr. Worthington (uncredited)
Jack Shea ... Hammond (uncredited)
John Sheehan ... First Paper Hanger (uncredited)
Jack Stewart ... Ed Barrow (uncredited)
Ben Taggart ... Conductor (uncredited)
Walter Tetley ... Cake Delivery Boy (uncredited)
Jimmy Valentine ... Sasha - Boy Playing Baseball (uncredited)
Gohr Van Vleck ... Furniture Mover (uncredited)
Dorothy Vaughan ... Eleanor's Landlady (uncredited)
Veloz ... Specialty Dancer (uncredited)
Malcolm Waite ... Big Strength Machine Contestant (uncredited)
James Westerfield ... Spectator (uncredited)
Guy Wilkerson ... Sportsman at Ballgame (uncredited)
Max Willenz ... Mr. Colletti (uncredited)
Buddy Williams ... Bootblack (uncredited)
Charles Williams ... Little Strength Machine Contestant (uncredited)
Robert Winkler ... Murphy (uncredited)
Allen Wood ... Freshman (uncredited)
Yolanda ... Specialty Dancer (uncredited)
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Directed by
Sam Wood 
 
Writing credits
Jo Swerling (screenplay) and
Herman J. Mankiewicz (screenplay)

Paul Gallico (original story)

Damon Runyon (prologue)

Paul Gallico  contributor to treatment (uncredited)
Vincent Lawrence  contributor to dialogue (uncredited)
Casey Robinson  uncredited

Produced by
Samuel Goldwyn .... producer
 
Original Music by
Leigh Harline 
 
Cinematography by
Rudolph Maté 
 
Film Editing by
Daniel Mandell 
 
Production Design by
William Cameron Menzies 
 
Art Direction by
Perry Ferguson 
 
Set Decoration by
Howard Bristol 
 
Costume Design by
René Hubert 
 
Makeup Department
Mel Berns .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Norbert A. Myles .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Lonnie D'Orsa .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John Sherwood .... assistant director
 
Art Department
McClure Capps .... associate art director
 
Sound Department
Frank Maher .... sound recordist
 
Visual Effects by
Ray Binger .... special photographic effects (as R.O. Binger)
Jack Cosgrove .... special photographic effects
Albert Simpson .... matte artist (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Hal McAlpin .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Fletcher Henderson .... music arranger (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Ed Barrow .... advice and cooperation: New York Yankees (as Mr. Ed Barrow)
Pat Flaherty .... technical advisor: baseball
Samuel Goldwyn .... presenter
Christy Walsh .... liaison: New York Yankees cooperation
Babe Herman .... double: Gary Cooper in longshot (uncredited)
Babe Herman .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Lefty O'Doul .... technical advisor (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Eleanor Gehrig .... appreciation to (as Mrs. Lou Gehrig)
 
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Runtime:
128 min | West Germany:87 min
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Language:
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
While filming the movie, Teresa Wright - who played Gehrig's wife Eleanor Gehrig - wore the actual bracelet that Lou gave to Eleanor on their fourth anniversary. Eleanor brought the bracelet to the set to be used in the movie. The bracelet is made up of 17 metal medallions that celebrate the seven World Championships and six All-Star game appearances that Gehrig made. The bracelet is now displayed in the Baseball Hall of Fame.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: One of the strikeouts between Gehrig's two homers for Little Billy was on four strikes. The first strike was announced twice.See more »
Quotes:
Lou Gehrig:All the arguing in the world can't change the decision of the umpire.See more »
Soundtrack:
Ain't We Got FunSee more »

FAQ

Why did the movie show Lou Gehrig wearing number #4 when he wore #5?
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12 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Gary gracefully gets it right, as Gehrig., 4 August 2005
Author: Billie from United States

First off, my favorite actor of all time is Gary Cooper. I love his acting style, the gawkiness he often used in his screen roles, in addition of course to the fact that I thought he was absolutely gorgeous, in his prime (when he was in his 30's and 40's). Cooper's appeal is only enhanced, for me, by the distance of his on screen persona from his real-life one...he was quite the ladies' man in real life, not awkward with women as the characters he often portrayed on screen, and his smoldering sexuality shows from his piercing blue eyes. His lively offscreen affairs with stars such as Clara Bow (who famously declared "He's hung like a horse and he can go all night!"), Lupe Velez aka "The Mexican Spitfire", and of course Patricia Neal, are the stuff of old Hollywood legend.

Kevin Costner and Ralph Fiennes in their primes had nothing' on Coop. He was the man. Cooper, who started off wanting to be an artist, fell into acting instead, first as a stunt man in westerns, but quickly getting leading roles. He continued to do most of his own riding and stunts even into his later years, carving himself quite a name as a star of westerns, including the western classic "High Noon" (1952), but my favorite films of his were films such as "Mr. Deeds Goes To Town" (1936), "Meet John Doe" (1941), "Ball Of Fire" (1941), "Sargeant York" (1941), and of course "The Pride Of The Yankees". My husband understands my adoration of Gary Cooper; and/but we had this brief discussion before we watched my recently purchased DVD of the film (I'd seen it before, but didn't own a copy of it):

Husband: "I don't mind watching it with you as long as you don't make those noises you always make when you watch a Gary Cooper movie."

Me: "What noises?"

Husband: "Those noises like the ones Homer Simpson makes when he looks at a stick of butter...'Mmmmmmmm'...."

Me: "What? I didn't know I did that. Okay, I won't make any weird noises while we watch it."

So I was quiet (except for of course choking up in tears when Cooper delivers Gehrig's legendary "Today, I consider myself to be the luckiest man on the face of the earth" farewell speech). Gehrig's retirement speech helped immortalize him as a hero and an all-American role model.

"The Pride of the Yankees" is the blueprint for the sports biopic, and is generally considered to be the best movie about baseball ever made. Teresa Wright stars as his wife Eleanor. Wright, who just passed away this March, was an excellent actress, and a beautiful woman. The last film I saw her in was in a small part in "Somewhere In Time", and she had aged wonderfully. She and Cooper had great chemistry on screen, holding her own ground as he towered over her petite 5'3" frame.

Walter Brennan, a frequent Cooper co-star and real-life friend, and Babe Ruth as himself are two other co-stars who contribute much to the film.

The film traces the rags-to-riches story of Gehrig, as his childhood dream comes true when he's signed to the New York Yankees, and his untimely retirement when he is stricken with the fatal, neurological disease ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) which was afterwards simply called "Lou Gehrig's Disease". Cooper, although a bit of an odd choice for the part (one reason being his height, he was about 6'4"), gives an endearing, heartfelt, dignified performance, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award. Gehrig was left-handed, Cooper right-handed, which was further complicated by the fact that Cooper himself wasn't a capable baseball player. For the filming, his uniform had "New York" printed backwards on it, he ran to third base when he hit a ball, and then the print was reversed.

Nominated for 11 Academy Awards in all, and receiving 1 (for Film Editing), "The Pride Of The Yankees" still stands as a must-see film for baseball fans and fans of classic cinema alike.

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