The Iron Major

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The Iron Major
Directed by Ray Enright
Edward Killy (associate)
Produced by Robert Fellows
Written by C. Bakaleinikoff
Roy Webb
Screenplay by Aben Kandel
Warren Duff
Story by Florence E. Cavanaugh
Starring Pat O'Brien
Ruth Warrick
Robert Ryan
Music by Roy Webb
Cinematography Robert de Grasse
Edited by Robert Wise
Philip Martin, Jr.
Release date
  • October 25, 1943 (1943-10-25)[1]
Running time
90 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $1 million (US rentals)[2]

The Iron Major is a 1943 American biographical film about the famed college football coach and World War I hero, Frank Cavanaugh. Directed by Ray Enright, the screenplay was written by Aben Kandel and Warren Duff, based on Florence E. Cavanaugh's story.

Produced and directed by RKO Radio Pictures, the film premiered in Boston on October 25, 1943. The picture stars Pat O'Brien as Major Cavanaugh, along with Ruth Warrick and Robert Ryan.


Florence Cavanaugh and a priest, Tim Donovan, recall how in the 1890s, her husband Frank was playing college football for Dartmouth and then moved west to become a coach. "Cav" is introduced to Florence and eventually moves back east where he coaches at Holy Cross, where the football team's players include Tim.

Although he is father to seven children, Cav enlists in the war effort. A major, he is involved in heavy combat and seriously wounded, but recovers, gaining his nickname in the process. He ultimately returns home to continue coaching at Boston College, but an illness causes Cav to go blind, then ultimately claims his life.



  1. ^ "The Iron Major: Detail View". American Film Institute. Archived from the original on March 29, 2014. Retrieved September 18, 2014.
  2. ^ "Top Grossers of the Season", Variety, 5 January 1944 p 54

External links

  • The Iron Major on IMDb
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