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The Iron Major (1943)

The Iron Major




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The Iron Major is the saga of WW1 hero-cum-football coach Frank Cavanaugh, played with his usual no-nonsense professionalism by Pat O'Brien. Leaving home and hearth behind to serve his country in the Great War, Cavanaugh goes on to lead the Dartmouth, Boston College and Fordham football teams to victory. His credo throughout is "Love of God?Love of Country?Love of Family"-inspiriational words indeed in war-torn 1943. Based on the memoirs of Cavanaugh's wife Florence (played in the film by Ruth Warrick), The Iron Major suffers from repetition and overkill. But, as Humphrey Bogart once said in an unrelated interview, "Pat O'Brien was good? Pat was always good."more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Classics
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Written By: Warren Duff, Aben Kandel, Warren B. Duff
RKO Pictures


Pat O'Brien
as Francis William 'Fra...
Ruth Warrick
as Florence Ayres Cavan...
Robert Ryan
as Father Timothy 'Tim'...
Leon Ames
as Robert 'Bob' Stewart
Russell Wade
as Pvt. Manning
Bruce Edwards
as Lt. Jones
Richard Martin
as Davis Cavanaugh
Virginia Brissac
as Mrs. Ayres
Lew Harvey
as Lieutenant
Bud Geary
as Sergeant
Walter Brooke
as Lt. Stone
Louis Jean Heydt
as Recruiting Sergeant
Pierre Watkin
as Col. White
Louis Borell
as French Officer
Billy Roy
as Bob as a Boy
Robert Winkler
as Frank as a Boy
Joel Davis
as Davie as a Boy
Barbara Hale
as Sarah Cavanaugh
Kirk Alyn
as John Cavanaugh
Jimmy Jordan
as Philip Cavanaugh
Dean Benton
as William Cavanaugh
Margaret Landry
as Sis Cavanaugh
Myron Healey
as Paul Cavanaugh
Wheaton Chambers
as Army Doctor
Pat O'Malley
as Charlie
Robert Thom
as Soldier
Sid Jordan
as Drivers of 2-Up
Milt Kibbee
as Watkins
Ramon Ros
as Dancer
Joe King
as Defense Attorney
Eddie Hart
as Bailiff
Paul Le Pere
as Court Clerk
Joe O'Connor
as 2nd Defense Attorney
Victor Kilian
as Francis Cavanaugh
Ian Wolfe
as Prof. Runnymead
Harold Landon
as Boston College Playe...
James Courtney
as Boston College Playe...
Greg McClure
as Boston College Playe...
John Miljan
as Oregon Coach
Larry Lund
as Football Player
Robert Benton
as Football Player
Stephen Barclay
as Football Player
Russ Clark
as Umpire
John Buddy Williams
as Pullman Porter
Florence Hansen
as Bob's Girl Friend
Fred Kohler Jr.
as Boston College Capta...
James Magill
as Student
Gordon Clark
as Student
Dorothy Vaughan
as Ma Cavanaugh
Frank Shannon
as Pa Cavanaugh
Paul McVey
as Athletic Coach
Chuck Hamilton
as Fordham Player
Robert Anderson
as Minor Role
Michael Lally
as Minor Role
Lee Phelps
as Minor Role
Craig Flanagan
as Minor Role
Joseph King
as Defense Attorney
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