5.0 out of 5 stars From NY Immigrants' Child to American Legend
This was probably my introduction, and for millions of others, to the legend that is Lou Gehrig. And for so many years, I had Gehrig and Gary Cooper completely confused in my mind--they seemed inseparable. But there's good reason for it: the role of the Iron Horse seemed to be made for Cooper. Gehrig was a low-key, almost self-effacing athlete and person, which was just...
Published on June 26 2004 by Rocco Dormarunno
3.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgic Eye for the Baseball Guy
I hate people that can't seem to enjoy an old fashioned good feeling movie and call it sacharine because it has a happy ending. Which is why I am a little embarassed to give Pride of the Yankees just three stars. But the truth is that I really had to fight hard to surpress a smile at the level of schmaltz in this film that I didn't recognize when I saw this as a...
Published on April 13 2004 by Robin McDonald
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5.0 out of 5 stars From NY Immigrants' Child to American Legend,
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.
3.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgic Eye for the Baseball Guy,
Gary Cooper plays Lou Gehrig with a childlike naivete which I know was charming in its day but today it feels like you would have to lock someone up who was his age and still that childlike. And I really did want to play along with the most classic scene in the film but found it funnier than any campy parody I have seen over the years. The little boy in the hospital who is sitting by the radio because the Babe and Lou promised him they would each hit home runs form him. "Little Billy" sits in pajamas in the hospital by the radio. He listens earnestly with a expectant vapid open mouth expression waiting. Its as if his ability to ever walk again hung on the success of that hit. Bottom of the sixth Gehrig disappoints by striking out for his second time in a row still one short of the two promised home runs, you can tell the kid is thinking "Damn" but instead says "Golly"! I am glad I wasn't drinking anything at the time because it would shot through my nose trying to hold back the laugh. Pride of the Yankess does hearken back to simpler times but is perhaps so gentle and guileless it crosses the line into accidental comedy.
However I did very much enjoy the relationship between the two competing sportswriters who mock each others favorite players much like Statler and Waldorf the two old geezers in The Muppet Show. Walter Brennan plays writer Sam Blake who roots for Lou and does a wonderful job. He is so slender of build here he is almost unrecognizable in this role.
I am sure most people will have a fine time enjoying this film and Lou Gehrigs touching farewell speech.
5.0 out of 5 stars Courage and Heroism in Perfect Form,
There are few professional athletes in the world who show so much character and so much love to others as Gehrig did. He faced death with honor and courage. He was and is a true hero. If you're looking for an athlete for your children to look up to, pick the "Iron Man of Baseball."
This film does exceptionally well in capturing the heart and soul of Gehrig. It is a great family film and I highly recommend it. Gehrig might have been in Ruth's(and later, DiMaggio's)shadow, but he was so much bigger than these guys. He was honest, hard-working, and approached people long after the cameras were gone.
Add this one to your collection. It's a keeper, even if you don't know the difference between a baseball and a ball of yarn.
5.0 out of 5 stars "The Luckiest Man..........................",
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Up to Hype, But Good,
5.0 out of 5 stars Remember the "Iron Man",
Here is the full text of Gehrig's speech:
'Fans, for the past two weeks you have been reading about a bad break. Yet today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth. I have been in ballparks for 17 years and have never received anything but kindness and encouragement from you fans. Look at these grand men. Which of you wouldn't consider it the highlight of his career just to associate with them for even one day?
Sure I'm lucky. Who wouldn't consider it an honor to have known Jacob Ruppert? Also, the builder of baseball's greatest empire, Ed Barrow? To have spent six years with that wonderful little fellow, Miller Huggins? Then to have spent the next nine years with that outstanding leader, that smart student of psychology, the best manager in baseball today, Joe McCarthy? Sure I'm lucky. When the New York Giants, a team you would give your right arm to beat, and vice versa, sends you a gift - that's something. When everybody down to the groundskeepers and those boys in white coats remember you with trophies - that's something.
When you have a wonderful mother-in-law who takes sides with you in squabbles with her own daughter - that's something. When you have a father and a mother who work all their lives so you can have an education and build your body - it's a blessing. When you have a wife who has been a tower of strength and shown more courage than you dreamed existed - that's the finest I know. So I close in saying that I might have been given a bad break, but I've got an awful lot to live for. Thank you.'
If you wish to honor the memory Lou Gerhig, go to [website] and make a donation to MDA. Gerhig died from ALS which is one of the more than 40 neuromuscular diseases that MDA fights to cure. There is nore cure for ALS at this time.
5.0 out of 5 stars Can you go above 5 stars?,
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing on DVD...and it IS available in black and white,
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Greatest Movie on Earth,
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful in black and white,
Now to the silly idea of colorizing movies. How's this for a reason not to do it: the filmmakers who created black and white movies never intended them to be seen in color. They were designed, lit, and photographed for black and white viewing. Surely we should have some regard for the purposes and judgments of the artists and craftsmen involved.
So many veteran filmmakers objected to this barbarism, this dumbing down of their work. John Huston in his final illness and drawing breath from an oxygen tank testified before Congress in hopes that legislation protecting black and white films would be passed. Orson Welles told a friend that he didn't want Ted Turner to deface Citizen Kane "with his crayons." (In what would have been the worst outrage of colorization, Turner's company looked into colorizing Kane, only to discover that Welles' contract with RKO forbade any alterations in the final film by anyone other than Welles himself.)
Incidentally, films can and have been restored without colorizing them, of course. But what is the point of restoring the film only to degrade it by coloring it? Furthermore, you do not get a true black and white representation of a colorized film by simply turning down the color control: the application of the color tones degrades the image's grey scale--in other words, the image appears too dark or too light.
Surely not everything must be candy-colored to be enjoyed. Black and white has a silvery spectral beauty all its own. Give in to it, without prejudice.
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