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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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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>

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It's the Great American Story! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 March 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lou Gehrig See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In reality, Gary Cooper was decidedly not a fan of baseball and required extensive coaching in order to look even passable on a baseball diamond. In fact, he had never played the game before, even as a youth, and had never even seen a baseball game in person until he was hired for this film. See more »

Goofs

When a young Lou hits the baseball over the fence and breaks the store window, the police officer and store owner come running onto the field before Lou even gets to second base. This would be an impossible reaction time for anyone to respond with the breaking of the window just merely seconds beforehand. See more »

Quotes

Eleanor Gehrig: Lou Gehrig, I could learn to like you.
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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 version broadcast on WPIX 11 in the 1980's left out several notable scenes. Among them:
  • Lou Gehrig's encounter with "Myra" while at college and his subsequent outburst at the fraternity and Sam Blake (the following scene begins where Blake is trying to sell Lou on the Yankees)
  • The scene where Lou walks into the Yankee locker room for the first time, sees the names of the other players and tries on his hat
  • The scene where he receives his tuxedo in the mail and tries to explain it to his parents
  • When Lou and Eleanor return home to a surprise party, the dialogue before they walk through the door where Mom Gehrig wonders "what's keeping Lou"
  • The Veloz and Yolanda dance sequence
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Featured in AFI's 100 Years... 100 Heroes & Villains (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Take Me Out to the Ball Game
(1908) (uncredited)
Music by Albert von Tilzer
Played during the opening credits and often in the score
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Moving biography of legendary baseball player
1 March 2000 | by dfranzen70See 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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