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The Pride of the Yankees (1942)

The Pride of the Yankees (1942)

The Pride of the Yankees



Critic Consensus: The equally tragic and heroic story of Yankee's first baseman Lou Gehrig is eloquently told here with an iconic star turn by Gary Cooper.

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This film chronicles the life of first baseman Lou Gehrig. The story begins as young Lou Gehrig dreams of becoming a professional ballplayer. While in college, Lou becomes a star athlete and is signed by the New York Yankees. In 1939, Lou discovers that he has a fatal neurological disease.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Drama, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Jo Swerling, Herman J. Mankiewicz, Paul Gallico
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 17, 2002


Gary Cooper
as Lou Gehrig
Teresa Wright
as Eleanor Gehrig
Walter Brennan
as Sam Blake
Dan Duryea
as Hank Hanneman
Elsa Janssen
as Mom Gehrig
Ludwig Stossel
as Pop Gehrig
Pierre Watkin
as Mr. Twitchell
Babe Ruth
as Himself
Ernie S. Adams
as Miller Huggins
Bill Dickey
as Himself
Harry Harvey
as Joe McCarthy
Mark Koenig
as Himself
Bill Stern
as Himself
Edward Fielding
as Clinic Doctor
George Lessey
as Mayor of New Rochell...
Vaughan Glaser
as Doctor in Gehrig Hom...
Douglas Croft
as Lou Gehrig as a Boy
Frank Faylen
as Third Base Coach
Jack Shea
as Hammond
George McDonald
as Wally Pipp
David Holt
as Billy (age 17)
David Manley
as Mayor Fiorello La Gu...
Max Willenz
as Colletti
Anita Bolster
as Sasha's Mother
Spencer Charters
as Mr. Larsen
Rosina Galli
as Mrs. Fabini
John Kellogg
as Fraternity Boy
Billy Roy
as Joe Fabini
Sarah Padden
as Mrs. Robert
Eva Dennison
as Mrs. Worthington
C. Montague Shaw
as Mr. Worthington
Jack Stewart
as Ed Burrow
Fay Thomas
as Christy Mathewson
Lane Chandler
as Player in Locker Roo...
Edgar Barrier
as Hospital Doctor
Patsy O'Byrne
as Scrubwoman
Matt McHugh
as Strength Machine Ope...
Bill Chaney
as Newsboy
Pat Flaherty
as Baseball Player
Veloz & Yolanda
as Specialty Dancer
Francis De Sales
as Cab Driver
Dane Clark
as Fraternity Boy
Tom Neal
as Fraternity Boy
Lorna Dunn
as Clinic Nurse
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Critic Reviews for The Pride of the Yankees

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (5)

Maté achieves exhilaration from his angle shooting and the feeling throughout out of a concave screen. Whatever feel of baseball this picture has is the result of his running camera.

Full Review… | August 31, 2012
The New Republic
Top Critic

The best part of Pride of the Yankees is its grade-A love story.

Full Review… | August 4, 2008
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Surprisingly dreary and lifeless.

Full Review… | April 21, 2008
AV Club
Top Critic

For baseball and non-baseball fan alike, this sentimental, romantic saga of the NY kid who rose to the baseball heights and later met such a tragic end is well worth seeing.

Full Review… | March 14, 2007
Top Critic

As a simple, moving story with an ironic heart-tug at the end, it serves as a fitting memorial to the real Lou, who called himself the luckiest man alive.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | May 6, 2014
Radio Times

Audience Reviews for The Pride of the Yankees

Maybe not strictly factual but very involving and profoundly moving. If the ending doesn't break your heart you don't have one.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

You would think that just looking at Gary Cooper would be enough. But it wasn't enough to hide the fact that for a college guy he looked about 35 years old and his mother looked like his grandmother (even when he was 9)and Gary Cooper's beauty wasn't enough to hide the fact that this was a war propaganda movie.

Bathsheba Monk
Bathsheba Monk

Super Reviewer


Best baseball movie of all time.

Melvin White

Super Reviewer

The Pride of the Yankees Quotes

Lou Gehrig: Today, I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth.
– Submitted by Dutch E (3 years ago)
Lou Gehrig: Today, I consider my self the luckiest man on the face of the earth.
– Submitted by Tyler C (5 years ago)

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