The Pride of the Yankees

The Pride of the Yankees


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"It's box office poison," producer Samuel Goldwyn is said to have exclaimed when he heard the idea of filming the life story of fabled first baseman Lou Gehrig. "If people want baseball, they go to the ballpark!" The story begins before World War I, when young Lou Gehrig (played as a boy by Douglas Croft) begins dreaming of becoming a professional ballplayer. Lou's immigrant parents (Elsa Jansen and Ludwig Stossel) insist that the boy attend Columbia University to become an engineer. While in college, Lou (played as a man by Gary Cooper) becomes a star athlete, and, with the help of sports journalist Sam Blake (Walter Brennan), he 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) (an event that actually happened in 1933) and earns the nickname "The Iron Man of Baseball" because he never misses a game. In 1939, Lou discovers that he has a fatal neurological disease called amytrophic lateral sclerosis (now known, of course, as "Lou Gehrig's Disease"). 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 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. A more accurate but less dramatic adaptation of the same story, A Love Affair: The Eleanor & Lou Gehrig Story, was produced for television in 1977.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/15/2013
UPC: 0883929280391
Original Release: 1942
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Home Video
Region Code: 1
Time: 2:08:00
Sales rank: 6,557

Special Features

Six Featurettes:; The Making Of The Pride Of the Yankees; The Man behind The Iron Horse; What He Left Behind; Always-The Story Behind The Song; Lou Gehrig's Disease: The Search For A Cure; Curt Schilling: A Legend On A Legend

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gary Cooper Lou Gehrig
Teresa Wright Eleanor Gehrig
George Herman "Babe" Ruth Himself
Walter Brennan Sam Blake
Dan Duryea Hank Hanneman
Elsa Janssen Mrs. Gehrig
Ludwig Stossel Pop Gehrig
Virginia Gilmore Myra
Bill Dickey Himself
Ernie S. Adams Miller Huggins
Pierre Watkin Mr. Twitchell
Mark Koenig Himself
Bill Stern Himself
Addison Richards Coach
Hardie Albright Van Tuyl
Edward Fielding Clinic Doctor
George Lessey Mayor of New Rochelle
Douglas Croft Lou Gehrig as a Boy
Edgar Barrier Hospital Doctor
Anita Bolster Sasha's Mother
Lane Chandler Player in Locker Room
Bill Chaney Newsboy
Janet Chapman Tessie
Spencer Charters Mr. Larsen
Gene Collins Billy
Eva Dennison Mrs. Worthington
Pat Flaherty Baseball Player
Rosina Galli Mrs. Fabini
Vaughan Glaser Doctor in Gehrig Home
Mary Gordon Maid
Vinton Haworth Actor
David Holt Billy at 17
John Kellogg Fraternity Boy
David Manley Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia
George McDonald Wally Pip
Matt McHugh Strength Machine Operator
Robert W. Meusel Himself
Patsy O'Byrne Scrubwoman
Ted Offenbecker Freshman
Sarah Padden Mrs. Robert
Billy Roy Joe Fabini
C. Montague Shaw Mr. Worthington
Jack Shea Hammond
Jack Stewart Ed Burrow
Dorothy Vaughan Landlady
Max Willenz Colletti
Robert Winkler Murphy
Veloz & Yolanda Specialty Dancer
Ray Noble and Orchestra Actor
Lorna Dunn Clinic Nurse
Dane Clark Fraternity Boy
Frank Faylen Yankee
Tom Neal Fraternity Boy
Harry Harvey Joe McCarthy

Technical Credits
Sam Wood Director
Irving Berlin Songwriter
Howard Bristol Set Decoration/Design
McClure Capps Art Director
Jack Cosgrove Special Effects
Perry Ferguson Art Director
Paul Gallico Original Story,Screenwriter
Samuel Goldwyn Producer
Leigh Harline Score Composer
Rene Hubert Costumes/Costume Designer
Dan Mandell Editor
Herman Mankiewicz Screenwriter
Rudolph Maté Cinematographer
William Cameron Menzies Production Designer
Ray Noble Score Composer
Jo Swerling Screenwriter

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Pride of the Yankees
1. Chapter 1 [7:27]
2. Chapter 2 [10:20]
3. Chapter 3 [6:22]
4. Chapter 4 [6:38]
5. Chapter 5 [8:51]
6. Chapter 6 [5:24]
7. Chapter 7 [12:12]
8. Chapter 8 [10:16]
9. Chapter 9 [7:38]
10. Chapter 10 [7:15]
11. Chapter 11 [3:23]
12. Chapter 12 [7:10]
13. Chapter 13 [4:50]
14. Chapter 14 [8:40]
15. Chapter 15 [8:24]
16. Chapter 16 [3:49]
17. Chapter 17 [9:38]
18. Chapter 18 [:01]

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The Pride of the Yankees 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Mrs_Tea More than 1 year ago
This is not so much a "great baseball movie" as it is a great movie about a guy who happened to be a great baseball player and an outstanding human being. Pick all the nits you like about the baseball scenes - and there are many, many nits to pick, starting with the awkward fact that the star, Gary Cooper, was a righthander who knew little about the game (Gehrig was a lefty, as the script most unwisely belabors in one "comic-relief" scene). The movie stands or falls on how well the core of the character, Lou Gehrig, is displayed on the screen - and on that score it stands tall, very tall. Gary Cooper had a rare and special talent: the ability to portray Good as a strong positive force rather than passive absence of evil intent. No one has ever done it better. It did sharply limit his range - there were roles he could not take, and some he did take that he shouldn't have. But within those limitations he was masterful, and never more so than in this film.