The Great Game (1953 film)
The Great Game is a 1953 British sports comedy-drama directed by Maurice Elvey and starring James Hayter, Thora Hird and Diana Dors. It was based on a play by Basil Thomas. Many of the scenes were shot at Griffin Park the home of Brentford F.C.. Several professional football players made appearances in the film including Tommy Lawton.
|The Great Game|
Original British theatrical poster
|Directed by||Maurice Elvey|
|Produced by||David Dent|
|Written by||Wolfgang Wilhelm|
|Based on||the play Shooting Star by Basil Thomas|
|Music by||W.L. Trytel|
|Edited by||Lito Carruthers|
|Distributed by||Adelphi Films|
The chairman of a top-flight English football club makes an illegal approach to a rising star of a rival club. This is discovered by the football authorities and the Chairman is ultimately suspended from the game following the ensuing scandal.
- James Hayter – Joe Lawson
- Thora Hird – Miss Rawlings
- Diana Dors – Lulu Smith
- John Laurie – 'Mac' Wells
- Meredith Edwards – Skid Evans
- Jack Lambert – Ralph Blake
- Glyn Houston – Ned Rutter
- Geoffrey Toone – Jack Bannerman
- Alexander Gauge – Ben Woodhall
- Frank Pettingell – Sir Julius
- Tommy Lawton – Cameo
- Sheila Shand-Gibbs – Mavis Pink
The Digital Fix found the film "largely insignificant and admittedly musters up little interest, but then it is offset with a gentle humour and plenty of broad comedy characterisation from its supporting cast; nobody could ogle Dors’ sexpot secretary quite like John Laurie does in the opening scene."
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