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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 »


Certificate:

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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

Eleanor Gehrig's (as Mrs. Lou Gehrig's) choices to play her in the film were initially either Barbara Stanwyck or Jean Arthur, but after seeing Teresa Wright in the movie, she was won over. She said, "When Sam first told me that Teresa would play me I felt that she was much too young. I said 'Barbara Stanwyck, Jean Arthur or an actress with more experience would be better.' But now I know no one could do better, or even as well as little Teresa. Of course she's prettier and younger but then no woman could object to that, could they?" See more »

Goofs

When young Lou hits the ball, a close-up shows the pitcher in his wind-up almost-to or at-ball release with his arm forward of his body. However, when the view becomes a longer shot, the pitcher is still in his wind-up with his arm behind his head, moving forward. See more »

Quotes

Hank Hanneman: That Gehrig's the chump of all time. Falling for a gag like that.
Sam Blake: Aw, he doesn't know about a gag.
Hank Hanneman: Yeah? What does he know about, Mr. Bones?
Sam Blake: Baseball.
Hank Hanneman: He knows... I'll tell ya somethin'. A guy like that is a detriment to any sport. He's a boob with a batting eye. He wakes up, brushes his teeth, hikes out to the ballpark, hits the ball, hikes back to the hotel room, reads the funny papers, gargles and goes to bed. That's personality, hm?
Sam Blake: The best.
Hank Hanneman: A real hero.
Sam Blake: Let me tell you about heroes, Hank....
[...]
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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.

Damon Runyon 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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Connections

Referenced in Frasier: Hot Ticket (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Ain't We Got Fun
(1921) (uncredited)
Music by Richard A. Whiting
Lyrics by Gus Kahn and Ray Egan
Played at the college dance and partially sung by Virginia Gilmore
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Cooper's most likeable performance...a heartfelt tribute to a great man...
13 August 2003 | by DoylenfSee 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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