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Denis Compton
Denis Compton

Denis Compton 1954


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Denis Compton 1954

14 mins United Kingdom Director. Douglas Rankin

Class has been fundamental to English cricket throughout its history - the public school graduate facing the working man on the village green or at the home of cricket. The distinction between 'gentlemen' (amateurs) and 'players' (professionals) was maintained until 1963, even on official scorecards. This film stresses the distinction and identifies the greatest batsman of his generation, Denis Compton, as being firmly in the players camp.

A pioneering professional sportsman, Compton also played football for Arsenal and exploited his fame by making adverts for Brylcreem.

Directed by

Douglas Rankin


Eric Russell

Brian Johnston

Ralph Truman


Compton, Denis (1918-1997) Cricket


Cricketing Legends




United Kingdom



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