The Iron Major

  • 1943
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Biography, Sports

After his extraordinary performance in KNUTE ROCKNE--ALL AMERICAN in 1940, Pat O'Brien portrayed another legendary coach--Frank Cavanaugh, of Dartmouth, Boston College, and Fordham. The father of 10, a dedicated family man, and firm believer in God and country, Cavanaugh returns from WW I with the rank of major but with his eyesight damaged. Still, with...read more

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After his extraordinary performance in KNUTE ROCKNE--ALL AMERICAN in 1940, Pat O'Brien portrayed another legendary coach--Frank Cavanaugh, of Dartmouth, Boston College, and Fordham. The father of 10, a dedicated family man, and firm believer in God and country, Cavanaugh returns from WW I

with the rank of major but with his eyesight damaged. Still, with his wife, Florence (Ruth Warrick), at his side, Cavanaugh continues his illustrious coaching career, consistently leading his teams to winning seasons; and even as total blindness sets in, he directs Fordham to an important win over

Oregon State in 1932. Based on a book written by Florence Cavanaugh, THE IRON MAJOR includes much newsreel footage from Cavanaugh-coached games, including the famous Fordham-Oregon State contest. O'Brien's energetic and charismatic performance truly captures the spirit of the Iron Major, and

Robert Ryan does a nice turn as Fr. Tim Donovan, Cavanaugh's priest and former teammate.

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