The Big Game (1942 film)

The Big Game
Directed by Robert A. Stemmle
Written by Toni Huppertz
Richard Kirn
Robert A. Stemmle
Starring René Deltgen
Gustav Knuth
Heinz Engelmann
Music by Michael Jary
Cinematography Erich Rossel
Bruno Stephan
Edited by Ludolf Grisebach
Frieda Zillich
Distributed by Deutsche Filmvertriebs
Release dates
10 July 1942
Running time
85 minutes
Country Germany
Language German

Das große Spiel (English: The Big Game) is a 1942 German sports film directed by Robert A. Stemmle and starring René Deltgen, Gustav Knuth and Heinz Engelmann. It featured famous German footballers of the era. National coach Sepp Herberger arranged for many German international footballers to be recalled from fighting in the Second World War, obstensibly to improve the quality of the film, but actually to try to protect them from the horrors of war.[1]

Some sequences of the film are in Agfacolor. The sets were designed by art directors Gerbert Hochreiter and Walter Schlick.

Partial cast



  1. Hesse-Lichtenbeger p.91-92

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