The Great Game (1930 film)

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For the 1953 film, see The Great Game (1953 film).
The Great Game
Directed by Jack Raymond
Produced by L'Estrange Fawcett
Written by Ralph Gilbert Bettison
William Hunter
John Lees
W. P. Lipscomb
Starring John Batten
Renee Clama
Cinematography Basil Emmott
Release date
Running time
79 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

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 cliched 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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