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J. Arthur Rank (1888–1972)

Lord 'J. Arthur Rank' was the millionaire flour miller and devout methodist who got into films to spread the gospel. When some early films that he was involved with didn't get a very good circulation he realised that control of the movie theatres was the key to success. He quickly established the Odeon chain of cinemas, started by Oscar Deutsch (... See full bio »

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Known For

Kind Hearts and Coronets
Kind Hearts and Coronets Miscellaneous Crew
(1949)
The Red Shoes
The Red Shoes Miscellaneous Crew
(1948)
Hamlet
Hamlet Miscellaneous Crew
(1948)
Black Narcissus
Black Narcissus Miscellaneous Crew
(1947)

Filmography

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 1950 Traveller's Joy (presenter)
 1949 A Run for Your Money (presenter - as J.Arthur Rank)
 1949 Train of Events (presenter)
 1949 Kind Hearts and Coronets (presenter - as J.Arthur Rank)
 1949 Whisky Galore (presenter - as J.Arthur Rank)
 1949 Fools Rush In (presenter)
 1949 The History of Mr. Polly (presenter - as J.Arthur Rank)
 1949 Once Upon a Dream (presenter)
 1949 Massacre Hill (presenter - as J.Arthur Rank)
 1949 The Passionate Friends (presenter)
 1948 Another Shore (presenter - as J.Arthur Rank)
 1948 Scott of the Antarctic (presenter - as J.Arthur Rank)
 1948 Woman Hater (presenter)
 1948 Mr. Perrin and Mr. Traill (presenter)
 1948 Saraband (presenter - as J.Arthur Rank)
 1948 The Red Shoes (presenter)
 1948 Oliver Twist (presenter - as J.Arthur Rank)
 1948 Penny and the Pownall Case (presenter)
 1948 Daybreak (presenter)
 1948 Hamlet (presenter - as A J.Arthur Rank Enterprise)
 1948 Against the Wind (presenter)
 1948 Snowbound (presenter)
 1947 Fame Is the Spur (presenter)
 1947 The Adventures of Dusty Bates (presenter)
 1947 Bush Christmas (presenter)
 1947 Frieda (presenter - as J.Arthur Rank)
 1947 The Upturned Glass (presenter)
 1947 Dear Murderer (presenter)
 1947 Black Narcissus (presenter - as J.Arthur Rank)
 1947 Green for Danger (presenter - as J.Arthur Rank)
 1947 Hue and Cry (presenter)
 1947 Odd Man Out (presenter - uncredited)
 1947 Hungry Hill (presenter - as J.Arthur Rank)
 1946 Great Expectations (presenter - as J.Arthur Rank)
 1946 Stairway to Heaven (presenter - as J.Arthur Rank)
 1946 Bedelia (presenter)
 1945 Johnny Frenchman (presenter)
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Personal Details

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Alternate Names:

A J.Arthur Rank Enterprise | J.Arthur Rank | Joseph Arthur Rank | Lord Arthur Rank
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

If I could recall to you some of my various adventures and experiences in the film world, it would I think be as plain to you as it is to me that I was being led by God.

Trivia:

Rank originally wanted a wolf to rival the MGM lion, as the opening trademark of his films. The only wolf available was rather mangy-looking. Someone suggested they bang a gong. The gongs used in the famous opening were actually made of papier-mache, and the strongmen simply mimed their strikes. See more »

Trademark:

The gong struck by Bombadier Billy Wells (amongst others) at the start of Rank films.

Nickname:

Uncle Arthur

Star Sign:

Capricorn

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