The Pride of the Yankees
Location: Redstone Theater
With author Richard Sandomir, Maria Cooper Janis, and James Andrew Miller in person, with a discussion and book signing to follow
Dir. Sam Wood. 1942, 128 mins. 35mm. With Gary Cooper, Walter Brennan, Teresa Wright, Babe Ruth. Lou Gehrig’s speech at a packed Yankee Stadium on July 4, 1939 (two years before his death), when he said “I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth” was one of the most emotional moments in sports history, and the Samuel Goldwyn film The Pride of the Yankees is one of the most enduring of sports movies. Published on the 75th anniversary of the film’s release, New York Times sports writer Richard Sandomir’s book The Pride of the Yankees: Lou Gehrig, Gary Cooper, and the Making of a Classic (2017, Hachette Books) uses scripts, letters, memos, and rare documents to tell a riveting behind-the-scenes story. The film will be followed by a conversation with Sandomir and Gary Cooper’s daughter, Maria Cooper Janis, moderated by the writer James Andrew Miller, and by a book signing in the Museum store.
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