The Pride of the Yankees


The Pride of the Yankees

Critics 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.



Total Count: 28


Audience Score

User Ratings: 6,831
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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.


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 Rochelle
Vaughan Glaser
as Doctor in Gehrig Home
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 Guardia
Max Willenz
as Colletti
Anita Bolster
as Sasha's Mother
Spencer Charters
as Mr. Larsen
Rosina Galli
as Mrs. Fabini
Billy Roy
as Joe Fabini
John Kellogg
as Fraternity Boy
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 Room
Edgar Barrier
as Hospital Doctor
Patsy O'Byrne
as Scrubwoman
Matt McHugh
as Strength Machine Operator
Bill Chaney
as Newsboy
Veloz & Yolanda
as Specialty Dancer
Pat Flaherty
as Baseball Player
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 (28) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (26) | Rotten (2)

Audience Reviews for The Pride of the Yankees

  • Feb 10, 2014
    Gary Cooper does Lou Gehrig well. Maybe that is because Gehrig was an honest and straight forward guy and Gary Cooper's acting is always straight forward without nuance. I find it fascinating that this came out so soon after Gehrig's retirement and death.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Dec 12, 2012
    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 M Super Reviewer
  • May 13, 2011
    Best baseball movie of all time.
    Melvin W Super Reviewer
  • Apr 14, 2010
    Maybe not strictly factual but very involving and profoundly moving. If the ending doesn't break your heart you don't have one.
    jay n Super Reviewer

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