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The Iron Major

The Iron Major(1943)

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The opening credits feature the following acknowledgment: "RKO Radio Pictures wishes to gratefully acknowledge the gracious cooperation of the University of Cincinnati, Boston College, Boston University School of Law, Dartmouth College, College of the Holy Cross, Fordham University and Major Frank Cavanaugh's legion of friends and admirers." As depicted in the film, Frank Cavanaugh (1876-1933), was a celebrated college football coach and World War I hero. A pre-production news item in Hollywood Reporter notes that Jane Wyatt tested for the female lead in this picture. Although a Hollywood Reporter news item adds Josh Hardin to the cast, his appearance in the final film has not been confirmed. According to other news items in Hollywood Reporter, the football scenes were filmed on location at Dartmouth, Fordham, Boston and Holy Cross colleges. The production was shut down from 20 May-May 24, 1943 when Pat O'Brien left for a personal appearance tour to promote his film Bombardier (see entry above). O'Brien also appeared as Knute Rockne, another famous college football coach, in the 1940 RKO film Knute Rockne-All American (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40; F3.2320). This picture marked the return of Leon Ames to the screen after a two-year hiatus spent performing on Broadway.