Written and Posted by Sarah
Dan Duryea came to Hollywood in 1941 to appear in the film The Little Foxes. Audiences reacted favorably to his performance, as did the critics. For the next three years, Duryea appeared in small supporting roles as the studios tested him in various types of characters. He played in movies such as Ball of Fire, Sahara, and Mrs. Parkington. Probably the most well-known of his first films is The Pride of the Yankees.
The film starred Gary Cooper and Teresa Wright as famed Baseball Hero Lou Gehrig and his wife. It's a lovely film on a touching topic. Cooper does a great acting job as the ailing Yankee player, so be prepared to shed a tear or two. The finale features a cameo by real-life Baseball Hero Babe Ruth!
Dan D.'s role in this is a small one (with only a few minutes of screen time). He played Babe Ruth's press agent and the antagonist of Walter Brennan (in the part of Gehrig's agent). Plenty of sarcasm and smirking in those few minutes. It's fun to see Duryea so young, so keep an eye out for him!
If you're interested in reading a blow-by-blow synopsis of the film, just CLICK HERE for TCM's movie page.