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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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Kind Hearts and Coronets
Kind Hearts and Coronets Miscellaneous Crew
(1949)
Great Expectations
Great Expectations Miscellaneous Crew
(1946)
Green for Danger
Green for Danger Miscellaneous Crew
(1946)
Lost Daughter
Lost Daughter Producer
(1949)

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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 Marry Me (presenter)
 1949 Fools Rush In (presenter - as J.Arthur Rank)
 1949 Floodtide (presenter - as J.Arthur Rank)
 1949 All Over the Town (presenter - as J.Arthur Rank)
 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)
 1949 Maniacs on Wheels (presenter - as J.Arthur Rank)
 1948 A Piece of Cake (presenter)
 1948 Another Shore (presenter - as J.Arthur Rank)
 1948 Scott of the Antarctic (presenter - as J.Arthur Rank)
 1948 Here Come the Huggetts (presenter - as J.Arthur Rank)
 1948 It's Hard to Be Good (presenter)
 1948 Quartet (presenter - as J.Arthur Rank)
 1948 Woman Hater (presenter)
 1948 Fly Away Peter (presenter)
 1948 Sleeping Car to Trieste (presenter - as J.Arthur Rank)
 1948 Mr. Perrin and Mr. Traill (presenter)
 1948 Sin of Esther Waters (presenter - as J.Arthur Rank)
 1948 The Weaker Sex (presenter - as J.Arthur Rank)
 1948 Saraband (presenter - as J.Arthur Rank)
 1948 My Brother's Keeper (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 Trouble in the Air (presenter)
 1948 Broken Journey (presenter - as J.Arthur Rank)
 1948 Daybreak (presenter)
 1948 Hamlet (presenter - as A J.Arthur Rank Enterprise)
 1948 Against the Wind (presenter)
 1948 Snowbound (presenter - as J.Arthur Rank)
 1948 Easy Money (presenter - as J.Arthur Rank)
 1947 It Always Rains on Sunday (presenter - as J.Arthur Rank)
 1947 The Adventures of Dusty Bates (presenter)
 1947 Fame Is the Spur (presenter)
 1947 Jassy (presenter - as J.Arthur Rank)
 1947 Bush Christmas (presenter)
 1947 The Brothers (presenter - as J.Arthur Rank)
 1947 Frieda (presenter - as J.Arthur Rank)
 1947 The Upturned Glass (presenter)
 1947 Dear Murderer (presenter)
 1947 The Smugglers (presenter)
 1947 Black Narcissus (presenter - as J.Arthur Rank)
 1947 Hue and Cry (presenter)
 1947 The Root of All Evil (presenter - as J.Arthur Rank)
 1947 Odd Man Out (presenter - as J.Arthur Rank)
 1947 Hungry Hill (presenter - as J.Arthur Rank)
 1946 Great Expectations (presenter - as J.Arthur Rank)
 1946 Green for Danger (presenter - as J.Arthur Rank)
 1946 A Matter of Life and Death (presenter - as J.Arthur Rank)
 1946 London Town (presenter - as J.Arthur Rank)
 1946 Bedelia (presenter)
 1945 Johnny Frenchman (presenter)
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Personal Details

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 2 Articles | See more »

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:

Along with Pinewood, by the 1940s Rank owned half of the production studios in the country including Denham, Gaumont, Gaonsborough, and Elstree as well as an interest in Baird Television. 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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