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The Pride of the Yankees [DVD] [1942]

  • SKU: 20873672
  • Release Date: 01/15/2013
  • Rating: NR

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    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (5 out of 5)

    Special Features

    • Six Featurettes:
    • 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


    The Pride of the Yankees
    "It's box office poison," producer Samuel Goldwyn is said to have exclaimed when he heard the idea of filming the life story of fabled first baseman Lou Gehrig. "If people want baseball, they go to the ballpark!" The story begins before World War I, when young Lou Gehrig (played as a boy by Douglas Croft) begins dreaming of becoming a professional ballplayer. Lou's immigrant parents (Elsa Jansen and Ludwig Stossel) insist that the boy attend Columbia University to become an engineer. While in college, Lou (played as a man by Gary Cooper) becomes a star athlete, and, with the help of sports journalist Sam Blake (Walter Brennan), he is signed by the New York Yankees and joins their big-league lineup in 1925; real-life Yanks Babe Ruth, Bill Dickey, Bob Meusel and Mark Koenig play themselves. He also meets and falls in love with Eleanor Twitchell (Teresa Wright) (an event that actually happened in 1933) and earns the nickname "The Iron Man of Baseball" because he never misses a game. In 1939, Lou discovers that he has a fatal neurological disease called amytrophic lateral sclerosis (now known, of course, as "Lou Gehrig's Disease"). On July 4, 1939, an emotional Lou Gehrig, a scant two years away from death, bids farewell to 62,000 of his fans and friends at Yankee Stadium. Allowing that he might have been given a bad break, he concludes his speech with "Today, I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth." Deftly weaving basic facts with yards and yards of fancy, screenwriters Jo Swerling and Herman J. Mankiewicz serve up one of the most entertaining and inspiring baseball biopics. A more accurate but less dramatic adaptation of the same story, A Love Affair: The Eleanor & Lou Gehrig Story, was produced for television in 1977. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Gary Cooper
      Gary Cooper - Lou Gehrig
    • Teresa Wright
      Teresa Wright - Eleanor Gehrig
    • George Herman "Babe" Ruth
      George Herman "Babe" Ruth - Himself
    • Walter Brennan
      Walter Brennan - Sam Blake
    • Dan Duryea
      Dan Duryea - Hank Hanneman

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great Movie!


      First off, if you're a Yankee fan, you HAVE to see this movie. Lou Gerhig is one of the most respected men who ever put on pinstripes. He is one of the men who made the Yankees the team that is known today all over the world. Plus, what's cool is that Babe Ruth is actually IN this movie! The start of the film shows how his tough German parents didn't want Lou to be any part of the silly game of baseball (they wanted him to pursue an engineering career). Once they realize how awesome he is, and how many people love him, they embrace his new profession. There is a funny scene on the train (no planes for travelling in those days) where his teammates play a joke on the rookie Lou, that involves Babe Ruth. It's also a love story, and how Lou met his wife, and how strong and supportive she is once she finds out he's sick. It really is a very interesting and entertaining movie about this baseball legend - there are plenty of baseball scenes as well. I dare you to have a dry eye towards the last part of the movie, and when Lou makes his famous "Today, I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth speech". Buy it, you won't be disappointed. Enjoy.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Best Valentine's Gift!


      I bought this movie for my boyfirend without knowing anything about it. I just thought it would be nice to give something "baseball realted" for Valentine's. He loved it and I fall in love with it! It's such a great story and it got me more into baseball (cause I'm not a huge fan, lol ) The story is great, loved the actors and it just worked perfect for the ocassion!! the drama looks better in black & white ;) Be sure to watch the behind the scenes/special features.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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      All time favorite that always brings tear to ones eye Grand old days of baseball

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great movie

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      My favorite movie of all time Gary cooper is amazing in the role

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      sad movie


      Its just so sad at the end. It touches your heart.

      I would recommend this to a friend

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