The Pride of the Yankees (1942)

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The story of the life and career of famed baseball player Lou Gehrig.


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13 August 2003 | Doylenf
Cooper's most likeable performance...a heartfelt tribute to a great man...
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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Trivia

Sportswriter Dan Duryea is loosely based on Hearst newspapers writer Ford Frick. Later, as Commissioner of Baseball, he attempted to list Ruth's and Roger Maris' season home run records separately to preserve Ruth's record.


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 ...


Goofs

The movie shows Gehrig's consecutive games streak ended when he took himself out of the lineup in the fifth inning. In reality, Gehrig had approached manager Joe McCarthy in the hotel that morning with his decision. Either way, Gehrig benching himself in the middle of a game would not have stopped the streak, as baseball rules say a player who completes one half-inning in the field or one plate appearance is credited with having played in the game (so his streak would not have ended until the next day).


Crazy Credits

The final opening credit card is shared by Director Sam Wood and Production Design by William Cameron Menzies.]


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


Soundtracks

Take Me Out to the Ball Game
(1908) (uncredited)
Music by
Albert von Tilzer
Played during the opening credits and often in the score

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Genres

Biography | Drama | Romance | Sport

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