The Pride of the Yankees

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Considered one of the greatest baseball films ever made. This is the moving, true story of New York Yankee immortal Lou Gehrig, the southpaw slugger who rose to the very top of the sport, only to be cut down at the peak of his career by an incurable... read more
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Considered one of the greatest baseball films ever made. This is the moving, true story of New York Yankee immortal Lou Gehrig, the southpaw slugger who rose to the very top of the sport, only to be cut down at the peak of his career by an incurable illness that still bears his name (ALS or "Lou Gehrig's Disease"). The son of hardworking immigrants, Gehrig (played by Gary Cooper) becomes a star athlete, and, with the help of sports journalist Sam Blake (Walter Brennan), is signed by the New York Yankees and joins their big-league lineup in 1925; real-life Yanks Babe Ruth, Bill Dickey, Bob Meusel and Mark Koenig play themselves. He also meets and falls in love with Eleanor Twitchell (Teresa Wright) and earns the nickname "The Iron Man of Baseball" because he never misses a game, going on to play in 2,130 consecutive games (a record that stood for more than 50 years until finally being broken by Cal Ripken, Jr. in 1995). In 1939, Gehrig discovers that he has a fatal neurological disease called amytrophic lateral sclerosis. On July 4, 1939, an emotional Lou Gehrig, a scant two years away from death, bids farewell to 62,000 of his fans and friends at Yankee Stadium. Allowing that he might have been given a bad break, he concludes his famous speech with "Today, I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth." Deftly weaving basic facts with yards and yards of fancy, screenwriters Jo Swerling and Herman J. Mankiewicz serve up one of the most entertaining and inspiring baseball biopics of all time. 

Original Release

07/15/1942

US Release

07/15/1942

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Cast

Gary Cooper Lou Gehrig / Henry Louis 'Lou' Gehrig
Teresa Wright Eleanor Gehrig / Eleanor Twitchell
Babe Ruth Babe Ruth
Walter Brennan Sam Blake
Dan Duryea Hank Hanneman
Elsa Janssen Mom Gehrig / Christina 'Mom' Gehrig
Ludwig Stössel Pop Gehrig / Henry 'Pop' Gehrig
Virginia Gilmore Myra / Myra Tinsley
Ernie Adams Miller Huggins
Hardie Albright Van Tuyl
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Sam Wood

Writers

Jo Swerling, Paul Gallico, Herman J. Mankiewicz, Damon Runyon, Vincent Lawrence, Casey Robinson

Cast

Gary Cooper Lou Gehrig / Henry Louis 'Lou' Gehrig
Teresa Wright Eleanor Gehrig / Eleanor Twitchell
Babe Ruth Babe Ruth
Walter Brennan Sam Blake
Dan Duryea Hank Hanneman
Elsa Janssen Mom Gehrig / Christina 'Mom' Gehrig
Ludwig Stössel Pop Gehrig / Henry 'Pop' Gehrig
Virginia Gilmore Myra / Myra Tinsley
Ernie Adams Miller Huggins
Hardie Albright Van Tuyl
Bill Dickey Bill Dickey
Bob Meusel Robert W. Meusel (as Robert W. Meusel) / Robert W. Meusel
Lane Chandler Mark - Player in Locker Room
Edgar Barrier Hospital Doctor
Pat Flaherty Yankee Ballplayer
Pierre Watkin Mr. Twitchell
Sarah Padden Mrs. Roberts
Harry Harvey Joe McCarthy
Mark Koenig Mark Koenig
Bill Stern Bill Stern

Producers

Editors

Daniel Mandell

1943 Oscar Best Picture Nominated
1943 Oscar Best Actor in a Leading Role Nominated
1943 Oscar Best Actress in a Leading Role Nominated
1943 Oscar Best Writing, Original Story Nominated
1943 Oscar Best Writing, Screenplay Nominated
1943 Oscar Best Cinematography, Black-and-White Nominated
1943 Oscar Best Art Direction-Interior Decoration, Black-and-White Nominated
1943 Oscar Best Sound, Recording Nominated
1943 Oscar Best Film Editing Won
1943 Oscar Best Effects, Special Effects Nominated
1943 Oscar Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture Nominated
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