3 user

A Love Affair: The Eleanor and Lou Gehrig Story (1977)

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama, Romance | TV Movie 9 October 1977
Legendary ballplayer and humanitarian Lou Gehrig and his relationship with his stalwart wife, Eleanor are portrayed in this film that focuses on the Hall of Famer's life off the baseball ... See full summary »



(book), (book) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. See more awards »


Cast overview, first billed only:
Eleanor Gehrig
Lou Gehrig
Joe McCarthy
Babe Ruth
Eleanor's Mother
Mrs. Gehrig
Claire Ruth
Dr. Canlan
Dr. Charles Mayo
Kitty McHie
Jennifer Penny ...
Sophie Tucker
James Luisi ...
Tony Lazzeri
Lefty Gomez


Legendary ballplayer and humanitarian Lou Gehrig and his relationship with his stalwart wife, Eleanor are portrayed in this film that focuses on the Hall of Famer's life off the baseball field. Featuring unflinching looks at the Gehrig's relationship, as well as Lou's feud with Babe Ruth. This film is for anyone interested in baseball. Written by Capra1

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Not Rated




Release Date:

9 October 1977 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Le dernier match  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


This film was to have premiered in October 1977 but was preempted for the World Series. See more »


Eleanor tells her story to writer Joe Durso while sitting in the new, renovated Yankee Stadium, which opened in April 1976. However, "My Luke and I," the memoir on which the film was based, was published in April 1976, so it would have had to have been written earlier -- meaning if Eleanor was interviewed at any time in Yankee Stadium (highly unlikely, since it was under renovations in '74 and '75), it would have been the old Stadium, not the new one. See more »


Version of The Pride of the Yankees (1942) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

A poignant story from a wife's point of view...
18 July 2010 | by (Niagara Falls, New York) – See all my reviews

This film is a completely different and much more truthful look at the Lou Gehrig story than "Pride of the Yankees" and is told from the point of view of his wife, Eleanor. The 1978 NBC TV World Priemiere Movie was based on the 1976 Book "My Luke and I" by Eleanor Gehrig and Joseph Durso.

The time span covered is from just before the Gehrig's first meeting until Lou's death. This film is about husband and wife and their life in and around baseball in the thirties, not simply the Iron Horse story of the forties film.

I have viewed the movie several times and just recently acquired and read the book. The film is extremely true to the facts set forth in the book and sheds a different light on the relationships between Gehrig and his wife, his mother, and his teammate, Babe Ruth. Blythe Danner is excellent as usual while portraying Eleanor Gehrig at several different ages.

Just as Gary Cooper was physically miscast in "The Pride of the Yankees" so was Edward Herrmann in this film. However, they both did admirable jobs in getting the character of Gehrig right in so far as the goal of each film was concerned.

The other reviewer makes mention that Gehrig flourished in the shadow of others and uses his sub par (by Gehrig's standards only) 1935 season as an example. This is something that is his own surmise as it doesn't come up in either movie. However, in the book we learn that even after his triple crown winning performance in 1934 Gehrig went through a long salary dispute and threatened holdout with Jacob Ruppert, the Yankees tight-fisted owner. The dispute was over a $1,000 difference in salary with Lou eventually accepting $39,000 instead of $40,000. Eleanor states in the book that Lou was disheartened by his perceived unfair treatment at the hands of Ruppert.

Also, despite the fact that this movie does a much better job of realistically depicting the onset of the disease than the previous version, it doesn't have the time to go into the time-line and details. Gehrig was actually having sporadic and unexplained bouts of extreme pain, which started in 1935. Only his resolve, dedication to excellence and work ethic allowed him to continue to put up big numbers for a few more years.

The style of the film is a little different, as it makes frequent use of the flashback, in fact starting with Mrs. Gehrig talking to the writer, Durso, in present day Yankee stadium and telling her story to him there. We then have moments of fun as the Gehrigs meet, court, marry and enjoy life, interspersed with moments of grief as the disease begins to take its toll.

An interesting supporting cast, a beautiful musical theme and some tasteful directing make this one of the best small budget T.V. movies that I have ever seen. I highly recommend it.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page