A Love Affair: The Eleanor and Lou Gehrig Story

A Love Affair: The Eleanor and Lou Gehrig Story

Director: Fielder Cook Cast: Blythe Danner, Edward Herrmann, Gerald O'Loughlin



Based on the 1976 autobiography My Luke and I by Eleanor Gehrig and Joseph Durso, Love Affair: The Eleanor & Lou Gehrig Story provides a slightly different slant on the events previously dramatized on film as Pride of the Yankees (1942). The story is told in flashback from the point of view of the wife of baseball's "Iron Man." Sitting in a deserted Yankee stadium, Eleanor (Blythe Danner) relates her tale to her biographer Joseph Durso (Robert Burr). She recalls how she met the painfully shy ballplayer Lou Gehrig (Edward Herrmann) on a blind date in 1933. She remembers her battle of wills with Lou's domineering and possessive mother (played with a nearly impenetrable foreign accent by Patricia Neal), and her 1934 elopement with her "Luke." Other memories include the New York Yankees' goodwill trip to Japan, where relationships became strained between teammates Gehrig and Babe Ruth (Ramon Bieri). Also recalled is the fact that Lou played 2130 consecutive games (a record was only recently broken by Cal Ripken Jr.). Eleanor's story ends inevitably with Lou's slow death from amyotropic lateral sclerosis. In summing up, Eleanor insists that despite the tragic final years, she wouldn't have traded her short time as Mrs. Lou Gehrig for anything. Edward Herrmann took pride in the fact that his portrayal of Lou Gehrig won the unqualified praise of the real Eleanor (though Herrmann learned to bat southpaw for the role, he is seen actually playing baseball only once) Originally scheduled for broadcast on October 9, 1977, the made-for-TV Love Affair was bumped by a World Series playoff game; it was rescheduled for January 15, 1978--smack dab opposite the Super Bowl.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/01/1998
UPC: 0726697040203
Original Release: 1977
Rating: NR

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Blythe Danner Eleanor Gehrig
Edward Herrmann Lou Gehrig
Gerald O'Loughlin Joe McCarthy
Ramon Bieri Babe Ruth
Jane Wyatt Eleanor's Mother
Patricia Neal Mrs. Gehrig
Robert Burr Joe Durso
Georgia Engel Claire Ruth
Michael Lerner Dr. Canlan
David Ogden Stiers Dr. Charles Mayo
Gail Strickland Dorothy
Valerie Curtin Kitty
Jennifer Penny Jennifer
Lainie Kazan Sophie Tucker
James Luisi Lazzeri
William Wellman Dickey
Charles Gray Kenderly
James Greene Kieran
Wynn Irwin Barrows
Norman Bartold Grabiner
George Cooper Mr. Twitchell
Ellen Blake Nurse #1
Jonathan Sagall Draftsman
Michael Yama Purser
Milton Parsons Driver
Joe E. Tata Gomez

Technical Credits
Fielder Cook Director
Blanche Hanalis Screenwriter
Michel Hugo Cinematographer
David Manson Producer
Eddy Lawrence Manson Score Composer
David Newhouse Editor
Malcolm Stuart Executive Producer
Herman Zimmerman Art Director

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