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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

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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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Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 March 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der große Wurf See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Sportswriter, Sam Blake (played by Walter Brennan) was loosely based on writer Fred Lieb, who was one of Gehrig's closest friends. See more »

Goofs

After the wedding in Gehrig's apartment, the crowd of workers and family wave goodbye to Lou and Eleanor. As the couple leave, the worker sitting on a ladder painting the white wood beam raises his hand to wave goodbye. The man shoves his hand into the ceiling of the set, pushing the apparently solid ceiling inward, thus exposing the ceiling as nothing but fabric. See more »

Quotes

[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 prologue: This is the story of a hero of the peaceful paths of everyday life.

It is the story of a gentle young man who, in the full flower of his great fame, was a lesson in simplicity and modesty to the youth of America.

He faced death with that same valor and fortitude that has been displayed by thousands of young Americans on far-flung fields of battle. He left behind him a memory of courage and devotion that will ever be an inspiration to all men.

This is the story of Lou Gehrig.

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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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"Pride of the Yankees" Hits Memorable Home Run ****
1 April 2006 | by edwagreenSee all my reviews

Superior biography of Lou Gehrig who had everything before ALS paid him a visit.

Gary Cooper is terrific as Gehrig. He was the embodiment of a plain, aw shucks guy who made it big in baseball. Teresa Wright had the right flavor as Eleanor, his loving wife.

There are fine supporting performances by Elsa Janssen and Ludwig Stossel as his parents.

The film is great because it shows a warm, loving family, poor financially but rich in spirit.

Rather than concentrate on all his baseball achievements, the film deals with Gehrig, the man and what a great, kindly gentleman that he was.

Walter Brennan, who made so many films with Cooper, appears again this time as a sports writer. He befriends him and becomes a close family friend. Dan Duryea, as a cynical reporter, is quite effective in a small role. He seems to have it in for Lou but succumbs like everyone else during that famous farewell speech.

What also made this film a classic was the use of Babe Ruth and other Yankees play themselves. Had the Babe lived, he could have been in films.

A definite film detailing the human spirit. When Gehrig meets the boy that he had "hit 2 home runs" for years later, your heart will go out. That scene, along with the farewell speech, was poignant.


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