The Great Game

The Great Game

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 chairman of a relegation zone 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.

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    director Maurice Elvey
    editor Lito Carruthers
    events association football
    genre comedy-drama
    keywords football game illegal approach rising star tap up
    musicBy William Trytel
    producer David Dent
    productionCompany Advance
    publisher Adelphi Films