The Pride of the Yankees

The Pride of the Yankees


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Historically, only a few baseball movies have done well at the box office, mostly because audiences are lukewarm to portrayals of heroes of the diamond. Sam Wood's The Pride of the Yankees, however, is an exception, and an improbable one: neither producer Samuel Goldwyn nor star Gary Cooper knew anything about baseball, and it seemed unlikely that anyone was going to pay money to see a story in which everyone knew the outcome. Goldwyn may not have understood the sport (he thought players got promoted up through the bases, from first base to third, and couldn't understand why Gehrig was such a great player if he was "only" a first baseman), but he understood the public better than almost any other producer. The poignancy of Gehrig's story -- he became a sports hero out of a modest upbringing only to see fate strike him down, and then accepted that fate with heroic stoicism -- might've played well at any time, but the fact that America was heading into a war in which people with would be sacrificing themselves made the material even more topical. Though Cooper threw with the wrong hand -- requiring the film to be flipped, so that players had to run from home to third and wear uniforms with reversed numbers -- he portrayed Gehrig with perhaps even more dignity than the real man possessed, and his romantic scenes with Teresa Wright as Gehrig's wife were warm and honest. Director Wood's understated, unpretentious telling of the tale captured the subject of baseball but also provided a snapshot of Americans in general, and how we wanted to think of ourselves on the eve of World War II.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/18/2008
UPC: 0883904102984
Original Release: 1942
Rating: NR
Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code: 1
Time: 2:08:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; 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. Main Title / Somebody [7:26]
2. Cruel Gag [10:21]
3. Yankees Property [6:24]
4. Mom Finds Out [6:35]
5. Tanglefoot [8:52]
6. Every Man [5:23]
7. Bells Are Ringing [12:13]
8. Real Hero [10:16]
9. New Best Girl [7:38]
10. Lou's Ladies [1:42]
11. Private Life [5:33]
12. Over the Years [10:34]
13. Slump [4:49]
14. Strike Three [8:41]
15. All the Time... [8:24]
16. Luckiest Man / Credits [3:48]

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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.