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The Iron Major (1943)

Approved | | Biography, Drama | 1 April 1944 (Mexico)
Coach Frank Cavanaugh returns to college football after World War I, then gradually goes blind.

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Francis William 'Frank' / 'Cav' Cavanaugh
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Florence Ayres Cavanaugh
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Father Timothy 'Tim' Donovan
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Robert 'Bob' Stewart
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Private Manning
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Lieutenant Jones
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David 'Davie' Cavanaugh
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Coach Frank Cavanaugh returns to college football after World War I, then gradually goes blind.

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Through the latter stages of the film it is shown that Cavanaugh was losing his sight. However, a fact not revealed is that when he died he was also broke. According to "Tales from the Boston College Sideline" (Reid Oslin) he warned former player Joe McKenney (later a coach) to "get out of coaching while you can - the end of every coaching career is disaster." See more »

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In the Fordham=NYU game the announcer reports that Fordham scores a touchdown, putting them ahead 13-0. Watching the visual image, however, clearly shows that the player is stopped 3 or 4 yards short of the touchdown, and the crowd does not respond to any touchdown. See more »

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RKO Pictures wishes to gratefully acknowledge the gracious cooperation of ... and Major Frank Cavanaugh's legion of friends and admirers. See more »

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In the Town of Donegal
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Sung a cappella by Pat O'Brien
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Come on Hollywood -- don't insult us!
14 November 2009 | by See all my reviews

I understand that after the success of Knute Rockne, O'Brien had a monopoly on playing beloved yet star-crossed football coaches. But here he is supposedly a Darmouth undergrad and O'Brien is a ripe old 48 -- with a hairline to match his age. With all the makeup magic available in Hollywood -- even in 1943 -- couldn't they have done something to make him look a little younger? The only answer is that the producers felt they didn't have to change anything -- that our affection for O'Brien would allow us to accept him in any role. That's a lack of respect for your audience -- and for the actor, who with a little bit of fake hair would have been fine.

I am an admirer of O'Brien's work -- who wouldn't be -- and I understand he was just doing his part as an employee. But the studio really let him -- and us -- down this time.


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