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The Great Game (1930 film)

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Director  Jack Raymond
Genre  Black-and-white
Language  English
6.5/10 IMDb

Cinematography  Basil Emmott
Country  United Kingdom
The Great Game (1930 film) movie poster
Cast  John Batten (Dicky Brown), John Batten (Peggy Jackson), Jack Cock (Jim Blake), Randle Ayrton (Henderson), Neil Kenyon (Jackson), Kenneth Kove (Bultitude)
Release date  1930
Writer  Ralph Gilbert Bettison, William Hunter (story), John Lees (story), W.P. Lipscomb
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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 clich├ęs 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.


  • John Batten as Dicky Brown
  • Renee Clama as Peggy Jackson
  • Jack Cock as Jim Blake
  • Randle Ayrton as Henderson
  • Neil Kenyon as Jackson
  • Kenneth Kove as Bultitude
  • A. G. Poulton as Banks
  • Billy Blyth as Billy
  • Lew Lake as Tubby
  • Wally Patch as Joe Miller
  • Rex Harrison as George
  • References

    The Great Game (1930 film) Wikipedia
    The Great Game (1930 film) IMDbThe Great Game (1930 film)

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