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The Pride of the Yankees (1942)

Approved | | Biography, Drama, Romance | 5 March 1943 (USA)
The story of the life and career of famed baseball player Lou Gehrig.

Director:

Sam Wood

Writers:

Jo Swerling (screenplay), Herman J. Mankiewicz (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 10 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gary Cooper ... Lou Gehrig
Teresa Wright ... Eleanor Gehrig
Babe Ruth ... Babe Ruth
Walter Brennan ... Sam Blake
Dan Duryea ... Hank Hanneman
Elsa Janssen ... Mom Gehrig
Ludwig Stössel ... Pop Gehrig (as Ludwig Stossel)
Virginia Gilmore ... Myra
Bill Dickey Bill Dickey ... Bill Dickey
Ernie Adams ... Miller Huggins
Pierre Watkin ... Mr. Twitchell
Harry Harvey ... Joe McCarthy
Bob Meusel Bob Meusel ... Robert W. Meusel (as Robert W. Meusel)
Mark Koenig Mark Koenig ... Mark Koenig
Bill Stern Bill Stern ... Bill Stern
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Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The Crowd Worshipped Him... One Woman Understood Him! See more »


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 March 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lou Gehrig See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

In a June 8, 1942 interview, Eleanor Gehrig (as Mrs. Lou Gehrig) told Louella Parsons that she was thrilled with the performance of Gary Cooper as her husband. After seeing the film, Mrs. Gehrig said, "Gary and Lou have the same expressions. They are the same type of man. Gary studied every picture of Lou's. He had everyone of his mannerisms down to a science and he is so like my husband in the picture that there were times when I felt I couldn't bear it." See more »

Goofs

The representation of the Johnny Sylvester story line is full of errors.
  • Sylvester was in hospital in the New York area, not in St. Louis
  • Ruth's 1926 promise to Sylvester took place via mail.
  • The Cardinals, not the Yankees, won the 1926 World Series in 7 games (the final out was Babe Ruth caught stealing 2nd.)
  • In the 1926 World Series, Gehrig never homered.
  • In the 1928 World Series (also vs. St. Louis) Gehrig homered twice, but in Game 3, and in the 2nd and 4th innings--not in the 9th. He did not strike out that game.
  • In neither of the Cardinals-Yankees World Series in which Gehrig played was there a line score that read:
NATIONAL 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 NEW YORK 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 ST. LOUIS 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0
  • There was only one World Series game in which Babe Ruth homered and Gehrig hit two homers, the third game of the 1932 Series vs. the Cubs.
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Quotes

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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Crazy Credits

The final opening credit card is shared by Director Sam Wood and Production Design by William Cameron Menzies.] See more »

Alternate Versions

A colorized version is available. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Mike & Mike: Episode dated 4 September 2013 (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

I'll See You in My Dreams
(1924) (uncredited)
Music by Isham Jones
Played by a band at a restaurant
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Frequently Asked Questions

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User Reviews

Made me even more of a baseball fan
26 October 2002 | by DJAkinSee all my reviews

After seeing this movie, I went out and bought the Ken Burns documentary on Baseball. It's amazing how nice of a guy Lou Gherig was! He was a true gentleman. He brought his Mom to ALL THE GAMES. He was a true hero as well. I liked this movie and it was very sad to see Lou get stiff toward the end of the movie. Babe Ruth played himself and that was no hard task for him. I bought this movie it was so darn good.


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