|The Iron Major|
|Directed by||Ray Enright|
Edward Killy (associate)
|Produced by||Robert Fellows|
|Written by||C. Bakaleinikoff|
|Screenplay by||Aben Kandel|
|Story by||Florence E. Cavanaugh|
|Music by||Roy Webb|
|Cinematography||Robert de Grasse|
|Edited by||Robert Wise|
Philip Martin, Jr.
|Box office||$1 million (US rentals)|
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.
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.
- Pat O'Brien as Francis William 'Frank' / 'Cav' Cavanaugh
- Ruth Warrick as Florence Ayres Cavanaugh
- Robert Ryan as Father Timothy 'Tim' Donovan
- Leon Ames as Robert 'Bob' Stewart
- Russell Wade as Private Manning
- Bruce Edwards as Lieutenant Jones
- Richard Martin as David 'Davie' Cavanaugh
- "The Iron Major: Detail View". American Film Institute. Archived from the original on March 29, 2014. Retrieved September 18, 2014.
- "Top Grossers of the Season", Variety, 5 January 1944 p 54
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