The Pride of the Yankees
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PRIDE OF THE YANKEES is the grand-daddy of all baseball movies. Cooper's performance, as I can't help but keep mentioning, is stellar. Teresa Wright as his wife helps keep the hankies moist but she is also very spunky and strong. Walter Brennan (who also played opposite Cooper in MEET JOHN DOE where John Doe is a semi-pro pitcher) is in a supporting role here but provides desperately needed comic relief.
And perhaps I'm wrong to categorize PRIDE OF THE YANKESS as merely a baseball film. It is about human potential, human frailty, and above all human strength during times of crisis. Lou Gehrig's tragedy occurred during a time of extreme crisis in America, and, I believe, his strong steady public appearances helped the nation through it. PRIDE OF THE YANKEES could easily have been named "Strength of America" in my mind. It's that important a film.
The Making of Pride Of The Yankees featurette
The Man Behind The Iron Horse featurette - Discusses the real Lou Gehrig
What He Left Behind featurette - A look at the Lou Gehrig memorabilia currently housed at the Baseball Hall of Fame
Always featurette - A look at the hit song that came from the film
Lou Gehrig's Disease: The Search For A Cure featurette - An interview with baseball great Curt Schilling discussing Lou Gehrig's Disease and the latest developments in fighting it.
Curt Schilling: A Legend on a Legend - Baseball star Curt Schilling discusses Lou Gehrig
But none of that really matters because "The Pride of the Yankees" remains the standard by which all sports biopics, whether of baseball players or anyone else, are judged. Even those who were not weaned and raised on baseball know that the title character is going to die of Lou Gehrig's disease and the film takes full advantage of that foreshadowing: when Gehrig gets into his first game and refuses to come out after being hit in the head by a thrown ball, manager Miller Huggins asks, "What do we have to do to get you out of the game? Kill you?Read more ›
In one movie, we are given a hero who lives out his dream, a celebrity who did more off-camera than on, a husband who loves his wife, parents who sacrifice so their son may have a better life, a man who also loves his parents and in-laws, and a sports star who never cheated in the game or on his wife.
It could be a perfect family movie.
Lou is born to immigrant parents who believe in traditional America. His parent's hopes are set on Lou becoming like his Uncle Otto, a successful engineer. Baseball means nothing to them but trouble until Lou shows he is the best.
Lou falls in love with Miss Twitchell. She soon becomes Mrs. Gehrig, played by Teresa Wright, his doting wife, reminiscent of Donna Reed's character in "It's a Wonderful Life." A storybook life follows, and Lou outshines his childhood hero the Sultan of Swat, played by Babe Ruth himself.
You know how it ends. Lou contracts what is now known as Lou Gehrig's disease. He not only must end his Iron Horse record of playing 2,130 straight games, but knows his life is ending. He retires and America swoons in grief. His retirement speech is full of dignity and power, and nothing like it has ever been seen since. The actual speech is barely edited in the movie.
Impressive is not just the life of Lou Gehrig. It is also the respect of his teammates, especially Babe Ruth. Ruth was in his last years of playing when Gehrig showed up. However, as he saw how Ruth really lived as an undisciplined show-off, some rifts between them followed. When push came to shove, both on the field and during Ruth's retirement, they respected each other's abilities. Ruth did not need to be in the movie.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have watched this film many times and if you like Gary Cooper and old films you will enjoy this moviePublished 8 days ago by sorcharo
Wow, the Babe, Bill Dickey and Bill Stern all playing themselves, in this unadulterated, B&W version that still hits a homer!. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Amazon Customer
Rent this on Amazon Instant Video, stream it on my Roku. The version I rented was in color, the color wasn't very good (but keep in mind that this movie was never originally made... Read morePublished 25 days ago by NYC Gal
What can you say about a classic movie. Historically accurate? Enough to tell the story of a great ballplayer until a disease now known as "Lou Gehrig's disease" takes it... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Common Sense
Purchased this for my grandson who was named after Lou Gehrig. He is too young to understand the movie, but as he gets older my son will be able to watch the movie and explain to... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Eileen F. Dunne
A very fine movie. I especially enjoyed watching the Murderers Row Yankees play themselves. It is worth the purchase to see Babe Ruth be Babe Ruth. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Gary Brennan