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.[1] Many of the scenes were shot at Griffin Park the home of Brentford F.C..[2] Several professional football players made appearances in the film including Tommy Lawton.

The Great Game
Original British theatrical poster
Directed byMaurice Elvey
Produced byDavid Dent
Written byWolfgang Wilhelm
Based onthe play Shooting Star by Basil Thomas
StarringJames Hayter
Thora Hird
Diana Dors
John Laurie
Music byW.L. Trytel
CinematographyPhil Grindrod
Edited byLito Carruthers
Distributed byAdelphi Films
Release date
  • January 1953 (1953-01)
Running time
80 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom


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.[3]


Critical reception

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." [4]


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