Thank you,larwood. Yes I saw that movie and liked it a lot. I thought maybe Cerutty came across as too much of a madman.
If you have not already read it I will absolutely recommend Bannister's biography "The Four Minute Mile". Is the best sports bio I have ever read. You can do a search on www.powells.com
They had it for about 14$ last time I checked.
Spring of '54 was a great time to be a young track fan. Landy had finished the Aussie season and came to Finland about May 1 to train for a serious assault on 4minutes in June as the old cinder tracks in Scandinavia never were in top shape until early June. But of course Bannister beat him to it. Very exciting times before the Vancouver mile. Most of my friends and even my dad were for Landy but I was a always a Bannister fan. We knew about Santee but for some reason Landy was much more known. Looking back now I hold Bannister and Landy in the same high regard.