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Writers:
Leonard Reginald Gribble (original story)
Thorold Dickinson (adaptation) ...
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Release Date:
November 1939 (UK) See more »
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Plot:
During a charity soccer match between top professional side Arsenal and touring amateur side Trojans... See more » | Add synopsis »
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(2 articles)
User Reviews:
Memorial to a club's greatest era See more (10 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Leslie Banks ... Inspector Anthony Slade
Greta Gynt ... Gwen Lee
Ian McLean ... Sergeant Clinton (as Ian Maclean)
Liane Linden ... Inga Larson
Anthony Bushell ... John Doyce - Trojan Team Member

Esmond Knight ... Raille - Trojan Team Member
Brian Worth ... Philip Morring - Trojan Team Member
Richard Norris ... Setchley - Trojan Team Member
Wyndham Goldie ... Kindilett
Alastair MacIntyre ... Carter (as Alastair Macintyre)
George Allison ... Himself
Tom Whittaker ... Himself
E.V.H. Emmett ... Himself
Dennis Wyndham ... Commissionaire
David Keir ... Dr. Meadow
Johnnie Schofield ... Arsenal doctor
Bruce Winston ... Composer
Maire O'Neill ... Housekeeper
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Cliff Bastin ... Himself - Arsenal Team Member (as Bastin)
Gordon Bremner ... Himself - Arsenal Team Member (as Bremner)
Jack Crayston ... Himself - Arsenal Team Member (as Crayston)
P.R. Crompton ... Trojan Team Member
H.A. Davies ... Trojan Captain
Ted Drake ... Himself - Arsenal Team Member (as Drake)
Alf Fields ... Himself - Arsenal Team Member (as Fields)
K. Goodyear ... Trojan Team Member
Eddie Hapgood ... Himself - Arsenal Captain (as Hapgood)
Bryn Jones ... Himself - Arsenal Team Member
Leslie Jones ... Himself - Arsenal Team Member (as L. Jones)
Alf Kirchen ... Himself - Arsenal Team Member (as Kirchen)
R.W. Lees ... Trojan Team Member
W.J. Lewington ... Referee
George Male ... Himself - Arsenal Team Member (as Male)
J.W. Naylor ... Trojan Team Member
S. Schofield ... Trojan Team Member
R. Sturdy ... Trojan Team Member
George Swindin ... Himself - Arsenal Team Member (as Swindin)
R. Woods ... Trojan Team Member
Vincent Holman ... Coroner (uncredited)
Mike Johnson ... Programme Seller (uncredited)
Vi Kaley ... Neighbour At Window (uncredited)
Charles Rolfe ... Witness (uncredited)

Directed by
Thorold Dickinson 
 
Writing credits
Leonard Reginald Gribble (original story)

Thorold Dickinson (adaptation) &
Alan Hyman (adaptation)

Patrick Kirwan (screenplay) &
Donald Bull (screenplay)

Produced by
Josef Somlo .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Desmond Dickinson (photography)
 
Film Editing by
Sidney Stone 
 
Art Direction by
Ralph W. Brinton  (as Ralph Brinton)
 
Production Management
Richard Norton .... in charge of production
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Cecil Dixon .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
John Dennis .... sound mixer (as J.S. Dennis)
A.W. Watkins .... recording director
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Fred Daniels .... still photographer
Alan Lawson .... camera operator
 
Music Department
Richard Addinsell .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
John Greenwood .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Miklós Rózsa .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Arthur Young .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
George Allison .... technical adviser
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
UK:84 min | USA:85 min
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Language:
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Sound System)
Certification:
Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The Gunners/Trojans replay kicks off at 3pm on Wednesday 26th April (dating the film to 1939), with the original match therefore presumably being held on Saturday 22nd April.See more »
Goofs:
Miscellaneous: When Slade and Clinton are searching Doyce's flat, at one point Slade leans on the telephone wire and accidentally pulls the receiver off the hook.See more »
Quotes:
[Arsenal manager giving pre-game talk]
George Allison:...they don't play your game, they play the attacking game.
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Soundtrack:
Sons of the BraveSee more »

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12 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Memorial to a club's greatest era, 26 May 2002
Author: Oct (wjphillips@clara.co.uk) from London, England

There are several reasons to relish this curio. It was a prentice work by Thorold Dickinson, the Hitchcock assistant and cutter who would shoot "Gaslight" and "The Queen of Spades" before becoming Britain's first professor of film. It is one of the earliest sports movies to feature real sportsmen- acting very woodenly, as befits stiff-upper-lip soccer stars. It is anchored by a mischievously eccentric performance by Leslie Banks, who a few years later was to be the magnificent Chorus of Olivier's "Henry V".

Above all, the film lets us glimpse pre-war Britain's, maybe the world's, leading football club. Arsenal FC, the "Gunners", had been raised to pre-eminence by Herbert Chapman, Britain's first modern soccer manager, until his untimely death in 1934. Five years later his team were still on top, coached by his deputy George Allison, who appears in the movie.

Highbury Stadium, the setting for the murder, was state of the art. The scene in the treatment room underlines Chapman's far-sighted, scientific approach to caring for his players. He was an early advocate of floodlights and numbered shirts, and even got the name of the local Tube station altered to advertise the Gunners. The film was a massive plug for them; alas, soon after its release the Second World War meant that the lads had to pick up real guns and compete in a more dangerous game. Afterwards Arsenal did not recover its top-of-the-tree status for 25 years. Unwittingly this production memorialises its greatest era.

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