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Director:
Writers:
Leonard Reginald Gribble (original story)
Thorold Dickinson (adaptation) ...
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Release Date:
November 1939 (UK) See more »
Genre:
Plot:
During a charity soccer match between top professional side Arsenal and touring amateur side Trojans... See more » | Add synopsis »
NewsDesk:
(2 articles)
User Reviews:
Unassuming yet fascinating 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
Country:
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:
Home on the RangeSee more »

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10 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Unassuming yet fascinating, 3 November 2007
Author: Gary170459 from Derby, UK

I probably agree with most comments here: a good not great film but still interesting in so many ways, mainly from the historical perspective. The world depicted was on another planet - even though Britain was at war the lunatics would not start to take over the asylum for another 30 years or so.

Professional Arsenal take on the amateur Trojans in special football match attended by millions of blue-chins in macs and hats live on BBC radio, and even commentated by legendary voice E.V.H. Emmett borrowed from Gaumont. One of the Trojans, a bit of a womaniser with a lot of enemies falls down dead at the beginning of the second half and the game is abandoned and is simultaneously on to find out whodunit. Slade of Scotland Yard is on the case, an inspector with eccentric and disconcerting habits played fantastically by Leslie Banks in a variety of appropriate hats. Although thousands of the Arsenal fans who saw todays game at the Emirates probably live in houses built before 1940 the "beautiful game" seems to have changed almost beyond recognition - capitalist business pressures seem to have atrophied everything that was once decent about it. The footballers played and the hordes watched as though it was only a game and didn't matter - the rich thugs who go to work on the pitch today present a completely different picture! Anyone fancy going back and practising heading those leather footballs? Surely they would miss the legalised GBH and sliding about in each others phlegm and spit! The mystery itself was simple but well padded out and entertaining, and the acting abilities veered from adequately professional to woodenly amateur.

I never bothered taping or buying this because it's on UK Channel 4 every few years – I assume it's always been bought so regularly mainly as a laugh for hooligans by the schedulers and not just for film fans. Use the chance when they provide it to watch this enjoyable and decent film non-cynically instead.

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