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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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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 March 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lou Gehrig See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

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, saying "It would be awful hard for me to call Gary Cooper 'Lou,'" whereupon Goldwyn announced that Dickey would be played by Dana Andrews. Dickey later changed his mind. See more »

Goofs

Almost everyone believes that Gehrig's streak started when he first took first base. However, this was disproved when records later revealed the true fact, that his streak started the previous day, as Gehrig pinch-hit for shortstop, Pee Wee Wanninger. The manager put Gehrig in to start playing first base, as Yankees' defense, the following day. See more »

Quotes

Eleanor Gehrig: Lou Gehrig, I could learn to like you.
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The final opening credit card is shared by Director Sam Wood and Production Design by William Cameron Menzies.] See more »

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Chicago (That Toddlin' Town)
(1922) (uncredited)
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It's About More Than Baseball
19 January 2003 | by sddavis63See all my reviews

Right off, let me say that I agree that this is a great baseball movie - perhaps the greatest. The on-field action is beautifully portrayed and realistic, and the authenticity is heightened, of course, by having Babe Ruth playing himself. The inspiring and ultimately tragic story of the great Yankees first baseman Lou Gehrig has a deeper purpose though; deeper, but not hidden. We see it right in the scroll that runs before the movie even begins. This movie was made in 1942 at the height of World War II. Gehrig is going to be portrayed as the great American hero, who faced life and death with valor and courage. This is a message to the American kids on the battlefields of Europe and the Pacific who grew up watching their hero Gehrig play baseball: "do your duty! It's what Gehrig would have done!" So let's acknowledge that while "Pride Of The Yankees" is undoubtedly a great baseball movie, it's also a piece of wartime propaganda. Nothing wrong with that, by the way. I just think it should be acknowledged. And while Gehrig is being held up as the great American hero, it's also worth noting that he's portrayed very humanly, too. Stumbling over the bats as he goes to the plate for the first time in place of poor old Wally Pipp, who doesn't know that he's just lost his job forever; totally oblivious to a ground ball that goes right past him because he's mesmerized by Eleanor in the stands; the butt of rookie gags by his teammates (the eating of Babe Ruth's hat comes to mind here). Gehrig is approachable and likeable in this movie, not some godlike being who's so far beyond us as to be meaningless.

The performances are great. Gary Cooper pulled off the role of Gehrig perfectly. Having said that I have to say that I thought Cooper looked a bit too old to be a college kid as he portrayed Gehrig's college days. Teresa Wright was equally good as Lou's beloved Eleanor. The movie really revolved around these two. Others are largely window-dressing. Worth noting, though, are Elsa Janssen and Ludwig Stossel as Gehrig's parents. They added a wonderful touch of humour to the movie, even if they did come across as a bit unrealistic. But, then again, who knows? I didn't know Gehrig's parents! Maybe this was them!

Anyway, this is very enjoyable all around, with a fittingly touching conclusion, as Gehrig says good-bye to the fans at Yankee Stadium.

8/10


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