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City of Westminster in Greater London County, England, United Kingdom
 

J. Arthur Rank

1888-1972

 
 
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By Andrew Ruppenstein, October 14, 2017
1. J. Arthur Rank Marker
Inscription.
Industrialist and
Film Producer
worked here

 
Erected 2012 by English Heritage.
 
Location. 51° 30.509′ N, 0° 9.038′ W. Marker is in City of Westminster, England, in Greater London County. Marker is on South Street just east of South Audley Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 38 South Street, City of Westminster, England W1K 1DJ, United Kingdom.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lord Ashfield (within shouting distance of this marker); Sir Richard Westmacott (within shouting distance of this marker); Charles X (within shouting distance of this marker); Constance Spry (within shouting distance of this marker); General Pasquale Paoli (about 120 meters away, measured in a direct line); The Audley (about 150 meters away); Farm Street Church (about 150 meters away); George Seferis (approx. 0.4 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in City of Westminster.
 
Also see . . .
1. J. Arthur Rank mini-biography (IMdb). "Lord 'J. Arthur Rank' was the millionaire flour miller and devout methodist who got into films to spread the gospel. When some early films
J. Arthur Rank Marker - Wide View image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, October 14, 2017
2. J. Arthur Rank Marker - Wide View
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 (ODEON was an acronym for "Oscar Deutsch Entertains Our Nation"). With builder Charles Boot he bought the grounds of an old Victorian house (Heatherden Hall) in Hertfordshire and turned it into Pinewood Studios....After Alexander Korda ran into financial difficulties in the late 30's Rank also bought Denham Studios. One of the best things about moviemaking for Rank was the freedom given to people like....Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, David Lean, Carol Reed etc. that allowed them to make some of the most successful and spectacular movies ever made in Britain...." (Submitted on November 10, 2017.) 

2. A Brief History of The Rank Organisation (VCI). "Classic film buffs will fondly remember the thrilling sight of the famous “Gong Man” which preceded the opening credits of every movie produced by The Rank Organisation, Englandís biggest and finest film production, distribution and exhibition company. The mere presence of this studio icon at the beginning of the film had the effect, much like the proverbial Pavlovís dog, of whetting the theater audienceís appetite, while assuring that they were about to share another brilliant movie experience. The Gong Man simply epitomized the best in filmmaking." (Submitted on November 10, 2017.) 
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on November 10, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 10, 2017, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 56 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 10, 2017, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.
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