The Great Game (1953 film)

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The Great Game
"The Great Game" (1953).jpg
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
Starring James Hayter
Thora Hird
Diana Dors
John Laurie
Music by W.L. Trytel
Cinematography Phil Grindrod
Edited by Lito Carruthers
Distributed by Adelphi Films
Release date
  • January 1953 (1953-01)
Running time
80 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

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 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[edit]

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]