The Pride of the Yankees

(DVD - 2002)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Pride of the Yankees
Lou Gehrig, the Yank's great first baseman and the son of poor immigrants, rose to heights of baseball fame -- only to be cut down at the peak of his career by an incurable disease known as ALS.
Publisher: Santa Monica, CA : MGM Home Entertainment, c2002.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (128 min.) :,sd., b&w ;,4 3/4 in.


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Oct 24, 2014
  • garycornell rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"The Pride of the Yankee's" came out in 1942. The United States was at war and those left behind were working hard on the war effort for supplies. "Pride of the Yankee's" came out to inspire the movie audiences of America. Here was a true hero. A man a the top of his game, with a wonderful family, and he contracts a new illness later to be named after him. It is an amazing story and you will have to forgive the 1940 sentimentally of going for Mom, Baseball, and Apple Pie. It was an attempt by the movie makers to carry the "Pride of the Yankees" over to the Pride of his Country. I think it works in the film and is still a great movie with Gary Cooper doing an outstanding job as Lou Gehrig.

Jan 04, 2014
  • SAPL454 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This movie is as exemplary as High Noon(1952) which won Gary Cooper an Oscar-in 1953- as the lead actor!

Nov 05, 2013
  • Bazooka_Joe rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Of course, I would never say that The Pride Of The Yankees was the worst movie ever made about the sport of baseball - But, then again, I'd definitely never say that it was the best, either._____ Yes. I do fully realize that this 1942 picture was clearly intended to be viewed as MGM's respectful homage to honor one of baseball's greatest and most beloved stars, Lou Gehrig (who sadly died only one year before this film's release) - But, the thing is, I personally think that the revered memory of an idolized man like Gehrig deserved so much better than the likes of this less-than-satisfying "rush" job._____ One of this film's biggest and most detrimental deficits was the casting of one of Hollywood's dreariest and utterly non-charismatic actors of the 30s & 40s, Gary Cooper._____ Cooper clearly didn't have the capacity to bring any reasonable depth or life to his floundering character. He just played his usual, bumbling "aw-shucks" self. And, believe me, it was actually quite pathetic to watch at times._____ Perhaps after seeing this film for yourself you wil find that your opinion of it will be much less harsh than mine - But, I just want to say that I didn't hate this movie. I just thought that since it was meant to honor a sports hero of Gehrig's magnitude, then it certainly could've been a helluva lot more entertaining and enlightening and not just the product of some Hollywood white-washing job.

Sep 02, 2013
  • forever_ice17 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I love a good romance. This is very much about the relationship between Lou Gehrig and his wife. Don't expect a sports film. Teresa Wright is great as always and I liked Gary Cooper's speech at the end of the film.

Jul 19, 2013
  • alpaca85 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

The Pride of the Yankees is a film that perfectly exemplifies the "Hollywood" film from the golden era. And that's not quite the good thing. You see, this film is so loaded with sentimentalization that it practically drips of the screen. It tries so hard to paint Lou Gehrig as an "amazing hero" that it gets tiresome. The man was a great ballplayer, and perhaps a hero, but from this film you wouldn't be able to tell him apart from the dime a dozen heroes that populate most of the films from this period. This film is the story of Lou Gehrig, a baseball player for the New York Yankees in the the 1920s and 30s. This film is a biopic of him.

You see the main problem here is that the film sugarcoats everything. It makes Gehrig into a do no wrong sort of man. It doesn't help that he's played by the king of the gosh-darn school of acting, Gary Cooper. Cooper is so shy here you wonder how anyone this "good" could ever become a famous ballplayer. There are some scenes where this shyness just becomes awkward to watch. Cooper could be good in some things, but this is just overkill. Still, the film has two things going for it.

For one, the ending. It's immensely satisfying and ties things up in a perfect way. It doesn't ever leave the rest of the film's tone while managing to be poignant at the same time. The other great thing in this films arsenal is Teresa Wright. I love her, she's an awesome actress. She brings an obscure quality to everything she does and automatically makes it better. Here is no exception. She is fantastic in the (cliched) role of Mrs. Gehrig. She brings a great power to the dramatic scenes and a sense of fun to her opening banter with Cooper.

The rest of cast is pretty mediocre. I found Cooper's mother character annoying and the appearance of Babe Ruth was a little distracting, though he did pretty good. Walter Brennan was also okay, but he suffered from having nothing to do. The score, with it's instrumental rendition of Take Me Out to the Ballgame and overbearing strings is also not very good. The script seems to rehash a lot of typical Hollywood traits applied to the world of baseball. It's not bad, but it just isn't as good as it thinks it is.

The cinematography is nice, but it's a little distracting when they use rear projection to shoot interior scenes and scenes that could have as easily been shot on location. This is a film with problems, but it has some great things going for it. For one it actively defied the typical sports films cliches and managed to make something sad without it seeming melodramatic. And Teresa Wright.

Jul 05, 2010
  • sahag rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Cooper is not just quite the best choice for this role. I did like the movie though.


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Jul 05, 2010
  • sahag rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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