No. 29 – Rank Film

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Clint Langley’s Sláine[1] cover for prog 1638 (2009) v Rank Film Distributors Ltd. logo

The Rank Organisation was founded by British industrialist Joseph Arthur Rank, 1st Baron Rank [The Lord Rank] (1888– 1972) in 1936, when he went into partnership with film maker C.M. Woolf (1879–1942) to form General Film Distributors, which in 1936 was incorporated in Rank’s General Cinema Finance Corporation, and renamed J. Arthur Rank Film Distributors in 1955. It was Woolf’s secretary who came up with the idea for the man-with-a-gong trademark adopted shortly after the company’s foundation in 1937.


  1. Sláine created by Pat Mills and Angie Kincaid

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