General Film Distributors

General Film Distributors

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General Film Distributors (GFD), later known as J. Arthur Rank Film Distributors and Rank Film Distributors Ltd., was a British film distribution company based in London. It was active between 1935 and 1996, and from 1937 it was part of the Rank Organisation.

General Film Distributors was created in 1935 by the British film distributor C. M. Woolf (1879–1942) after he had resigned from Gaumont British and closed his distribution company Woolf & Freedman Film Service.[1][2]

In 1936, The Rank Organisation.

General Film Distributors kept its own name within the Rank Organisation until 1955, when it was renamed J. Arthur Rank Film Distributors,[5] which in turn was renamed Rank Film Distributors Ltd. in 1957.[6]

It was C.M. Woolf's secretary who devised the

  1. ^ (1937), pages 37-41Money Behind the ScreenFrancis Donald Klingender, Stuart Legg: Retrieved 2012-10-31
  2. ^ a b The Independent 1 July 1999: Obituary: Sir John Woolf Retrieved 2011-09-02
  3. ^ Past and Present - National Identity and the British Historical FilmJames Chapman: , page 114 - Retrieved 2012-10-30
  4. ^ (1994)J. Arthur Rank and the British Film IndustryGeoffrey Macnab: , pages 21-23 - Retrieved 2012-10-31
  5. ^ BFI: General Film Distributors Retrieved 2011-09-02
  6. ^ BFI: Rank Film Distributors Retrieved 2012-10-30
  7. ^ IMDb: General Film Distributors (GFD) Retrieved 2012-10-31

References

  • (1937), pages 37-41Money Behind the ScreenFrancis Donald Klingender, Stuart Legg: Retrieved 2012-10-31

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During the 20 years General Film Distributors had its original name, the company distributed over 450 mainstream films.[7] A British DVD distributor, active since 2005, uses the same name but is unrelated to this company.

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