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The Great Game (1953)

The wealthy chairman of First Division Football Club, Burnville United, makes an unethical approach to a star player of another club, and the ensuing scandal costs him his job.

Director:

Maurice Elvey

Writers:

Basil Thomas (play), Wolfgang Wilhelm (screenplay)
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Credited cast:
James Hayter ... Joe Lawson
Thora Hird ... Miss Rawlings
Diana Dors ... Lulu Smith
Sheila Shand Gibbs Sheila Shand Gibbs ... Mavis Pink
John Laurie ... 'Mac' Wells
Glyn Houston ... Ned Rutter
Geoffrey Toone ... Jack Bannerman
Jack Lambert Jack Lambert ... Ralph Blake
Meredith Edwards ... Skid Evans
Alexander Gauge Alexander Gauge ... Ben Woodhall
Frank Pettingell ... Sir Julius
Glenn Melvyn Glenn Melvyn ... Heckler (as Glyn Melvyn)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Roddy Hughes ... Mr. Broderick
Charles Leno Charles Leno ... Rovers Supporter
Sidney Vivian Sidney Vivian ... Club Chairman
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The wealthy chairman of First Division Football Club, Burnville United, makes an unethical approach to a star player of another club, and the ensuing scandal costs him his job.

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

January 1953 (UK) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

David Dent Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Not Much has changed then
10 January 2011 | by malcolmgswSee all my reviews

This film was made at Brentford FC in 1953 when i believe that they were either a Division 2 or Division Three South Club.I went to watch matches at Brentford at the sixties and nothing much had changed of the stadium in the intervening period.The same could be said for the story.This is about the tapping up of a star player by the chairman of another club.Read Barcelona and Ces Fabregas as the modern equivalent and you will know what i mean.Interestingly enough there is a little speech by the stars wife which echoes the Bosman case.She asks the chairman why they don't pay less for transfers so that they can pay more to the player ,which of course now happens on a regular basis.At the end of the film James Hayter talks out loud of other sports he can get into.He comes up with floodlit cricket....on ice.Well almost right.A fascinating film well worth a view.


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