The Pride of the Yankees

The Pride of the Yankees

Sam Wood (1942)

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Our Score
Lou Gehrig played 2,130 consecutive games for the New York Yankees, becoming one of baseball's immortals. Not bad for a tenement kid who only began playing professionally because his mother needed an operation. There's not a lot of sporting action in Sam Wood's movingly inspirational biopic, as the tale concentrates on the romance between Gary Cooper and Teresa Wright, but there's drama aplenty as "Iron Horse" battles the neurological condition (amytropic lateral sclerosis) that has since become known as Lou Gehrig's disease. The Coop mannerisms aren't really suited to Gehrig, but he gives a typically sympathetic performance alongside Wright and real-life stars such as Babe Ruth.


Biopic of baseball player Lou Gehrig, who was struck down by a fatal disease at the height of his career. Starring Gary Cooper, with Gehrig's teammate Babe Ruth playing himself.

Cast & Crew

Lou Gehrig Gary Cooper
Eleanor Gehrig Teresa Wright
Sam Blake Walter Brennan
Hank Hanneman Dan Duryea
Babe Ruth Babe Ruth
Mom Gehrig Elsa Janssen
Pop Gehrig Ludwig Stossel
Coach Addison Richards
Van Tuyl Hardie Albright
Myra Virginia Gilmore
Bill Dickey Bill Dickey
Miller Huggins Ernie Adams
Mr Twitchell Pierre Watkin
Joe McCarthy Harry Harvey
Director Sam Wood
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteAvailable on: video