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The Pride of the Yankees

(1942 b 128')

En: 8 Ed: 8

In this biography of Lou Gehrig the baseball player finds a happy marriage, but his successful career is cut short.

The boy Lou Gehrig hits a baseball that breaks a window, and his mother (Elsa Janssen) pays for it. She urges him to go to college and become an engineer. At Columbia waiter Lou Gehrig (Gary Cooper) is voted into a fraternity. Myra (Virginia Gilmore) dances with Lou, who fights fraternity brothers for making fun of him. Sportswriter Sam Blake (Walter Brennan) tells Lou that the Yankees want him, but he says he intends to be an engineer. To get money to pay medical bills for his mother, Lou signs a contract. Lou goes to Hartford, but his mother thinks he is at Harvard. Lou leads the league and is recalled by the Yankees. Mother learns the news, and Lou explains.

Lou is in awe of Babe Ruth (himself). Lou replaces Wally Pip, and Eleanor (Teresa Wright) calls him tangle-foot. She joins him for dinner in Chicago. Sportswriter Hank Hanneman (Dan Duryea) tells Sam that Gehrig is a boob. Lou packs a new tux. Lou goes out with Eleanor, and they hear the song "Always." Babe Ruth promises to hit a home run for a boy. After reporters leave, Lou encourages the boy Bill, who asks him to hit two homers. Ruth and Gehrig hit home runs. Hank bets Sam that Gehrig will not hit another, but he does. Lou gets a telegram from Chicago and goes there at 4 a.m. to ask Eleanor to marry. At home people surprise Lou and Eleanor. Mother tells Eleanor which furniture to buy and picks the wallpaper. Lou's Pop (Ludwig Stossel) warns Lou, who tells Eleanor that he likes her choices. Lou and Eleanor are wed, but Lou does not miss a game as police escort their car. Eleanor tells Sam that Lou is late again, and they go to get him where Lou is umpiring a boys game.

In Florida Lou plays with Eleanor and asks Sam not to write about his private life. Hank argues with Sam that Ruth is still better than Gehrig. Eleanor reviews her Lou Gehrig scrapbook. Lou plays in 2,000 consecutive games and brings home a horseshoe of roses. Lou says he struck out three times. Eleanor and Lou play at fighting, and Lou says his shoulder is stiff. In spring 1939 Lou feels old. Bill Dickey (himself) hits a pitcher for criticizing Gehrig. Lou tells them to save their energy for the field and falls over. Lou asks manager Joe McCarthy to replace him. At the Scripps Clinic Lou and Sam learn that Lou is terminal; but Lou does not tell Eleanor, although she realizes it. Eleanor and Lou decide to go on a honeymoon, and she cries. At Yankee Stadium Bill tells Lou he can walk now. Lou is honored and tells the crowd that he is "the luckiest man on the face of the earth."

This true story reflects love for the America's national past-time and one of the greats, who played well on and off the field.

Copyright © 2004 by Sanderson Beck

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