The Great Game (1930 film)

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The Great Game
Directed by Jack Raymond
Written byRalph Gilbert Bettison
William Hunter
John Lees
W. P. Lipscomb
Produced by L'Estrange Fawcett
StarringJohn Batten
Renee Clama
Cinematography Basil Emmott
Release date
27 August 1930
Running time
79 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

The Great Game is a 1930 British film, one of the earliest feature films to use football as a central theme.


The film's plot contains many elements of what would become clichés in the sporting film genre. Dicky Brown is a young, aspiring footballer who plays for a struggling side, the fictional Manningford F.C., a team in the midst of a successful cup run. He manages to charm the daughter of the chairman and thus breaks into the side, and ultimately wins the Cup for his team.

The film covers now clichéd conflicts within football which still exist. The manager of the team wants to give his young players a chance in the side; the chairman, on the other hand, insists on signing established star players, such as Jack Cock (then of Millwall F.C., previously of Chelsea F.C. and Everton F.C.).

Much of the film is set in Chelsea's home ground, Stamford Bridge, and it contains guest appearances by numerous real-life footballers, including George Mills, Andy Wilson, Sam Millington and Billy Blyth. It was also notable for featuring the first credited appearance of Rex Harrison.


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