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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.

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Pop Gehrig (as Ludwig Stossel)
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Myra
Bill Dickey ...
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Miller Huggins
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Robert W. Meusel (as Robert W. Meusel)
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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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Intimate and thrilling drama of a hero of the headlines... the girl who had his love and shared his life, but dared not question his one secret! See more »


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5 March 1943 (USA)  »

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Der große Wurf  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Yankees catcher Bill Dickey initially turned down Samuel Goldwyn's offer to play himself in the film, whereupon Goldwyn announced that Dickey would be played by Dana Andrews. Dickey later changed his mind. See more »

Goofs

When Lou enters the Yankees' clubhouse in 1923, he see's Tony Lazzeri's name on one of the lockers. Tony did not join the Yankees until 1926. See more »

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[last lines]
Lou Gehrig: [his farewell speech]
Lou Gehrig: Today, I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth... play ball!
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits acknowledgment: Appreciation is expressed for the gracious assistance of Mrs. Lou Gehrig and for the cooperation of Mr. Ed Barrow and the New York Yankees arranged by Christy Walsh. See more »

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Featured in Shirtless: Hollywood's Sexiest Men (2002) See more »

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I'm Just Wild About Harry
(1921) (uncredited)
Music Eubie Blake
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Cooper's most likeable performance...a heartfelt tribute to a great man...
13 August 2003 | by See all my reviews

Gary Cooper may have won his Oscar for SERGEANT YORK--but I think he deserved it even more for PRIDE OF THE YANKEES. I've never seen him give a more heartfelt, natural and completely likeable performance than I have here. And Teresa Wright is glowing as his sweetheart.

It tells Lou Gehrig's story in a simple, straightforward manner with only an occasional bit of Hollywood corn, the kind so typical of the 1940s. But the main storyline is carried by Cooper and Wright with some great assist from Walter Brennan. Brennan drops a lot of his cornball mannerisms (the kind he uses he in all his Western roles) and plays it straight here--with excellent results.

But it's Cooper's achievement--no doubt about that. If the last twenty minutes of the film don't move you to tears, you're made of stone. Cooper gets across the panic and fear that hits him with the first signs of his illness--with a subtle show of facial expressions. He's really into his character here and gives one of the best performances of his career.

Knowing someone who died from this disease, I was especially moved at how the first signs of illness were shown here.

Douglas Croft does a fine job as the young Lou--and by the way, whatever happened to him? He played Ronald Reagan as a boy in KINGS ROW and did several other films in the '40s. And how come Dane Clark received no billing in the credits? He was only seen early on in the film but he had a line of dialogue as one of Lou's fraternity pals. He had no credit in Alan Ladd's THE GLASS KEY too--he's the man Brian Donlevy shoves through a plate glass window. A year later he was being given the star buildup at Warner Bros.

A great film and a wonderful tribute to Lou Gehrig.


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