- BEHIND THE SCENES -
For his role in “The Pride of the Yankees,” Samuel Goldwyn production based on the life of baseball’s Lou Gehrig, Gary Cooper had to train for three months to become a left for the role of the immortal Lou Gehrig.
[Pretty sure this isn’t true as I read they just flipped the film to make him a lefty]
- “BALL OF FIRE” -
GARY COOPER AND BARBARA STANWYCK prove what a professor and a night club queen can find of common interest—mostly romantic—during the course of Samuel Goldwyn’s “Ball of Fire”, in which they share starring honors. The RKO release was directed by Howard Hawks with a supporting cast including Oscar Homlka, Kathleen Howard, Henry Travers, S.Z. Sakall, Tully Marshall, Leonid Kinskey, Aubrey Mather, Richard Hayes, Allen Jenkins, Dan Duryea, Dana Andrews and Gene Krupa.
MAR 25 1942
OUTSTANDING ACTORS AND ACTRESSES FOR 1941—
HOLLYWOOD, CALIF…..LEFT TO RIGHT, GARY COOPER, JOAN FONTAINE, MARY ASTOR AND DONALD CRISP, PHOTOGRAPHED AFTER THEY HAD BEEN AWARDED GOLD STATUETTES (WHICH THEY ARE HOLDING) FOR GIVING THE BEST PERFORMANCES ON THE SCREEN DURING 1941. COOPER AND MISS FONTAINE WERE SELECTED AS THE BEST ACTOR AND ACTRESS WHILE CRISP AND MISS ASTOR WERE SELECTED AS HAVING GIVEN THE BEST SUPPORTING PERFORMANCES FOR THE YEAR.
1942 Best Actor: Gary Cooper Best Actress: Joan Fontaine Best Supporting Actress: Mary Astor Best Supporting Actor: Donald Crisp
Gary Cooper signing autographs in San Pedro, 1942
MEUSEL’S MOPPET - Between scenes of Samuel Goldwyn’s “The Pride of the Yankees,” Babe Ruth and Gary Cooper smile for Bob Meusel’s little daughter, Sally, who came to watch the great Meusel, who has been out of baseball ten years and whom she never actually before saw on the diamond, play himself in the film based on the life of Lou Gehrig. The Bambino also enacts himself and Cooper stars as the great first baseman. Sam Wood directs and Teresa Wright is featured as Mrs. Gehrig.
APR 22 1942
Photo by Hal McAlpin
APR 20 1942
MODERN SCREEN PHOTO BY BOB BEERMAN
Gary Cooper and Joan Leslie - Picture Show - February 1942
Barbara Stanwyck and Gary Cooper in Ball of Fire - Stardom - February 1942
Sam Wood and Gary Cooper, 1942