Mr Rank: A Study of J. Arthur Rank and British Films by Alan Wood soon to be presented for sale on the super BookLovers of Bath web site!
Published: London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1952, Hardback in dust wrapper.
Contains: Diagrams ;
From the cover: A great servant to his country it is with Michael Balcons tribute to J. Arthur Rank that Mr. Wood ends his book; and having read this account of the extraordinary achievements of a man without intellectual pretensions but with courage, pertinacity and a simple religious faith, the reader may well agree. The entry of this plain Yorkshire flour-miller into the bizarre world of financiers, stars and directors a world of which he knew nothing makes a fascinating study, with many ironic twists.
But the book is more than the story of one man : it is almost the history of British films during the last twenty years, with a great deal of material never before published. Mr. Wood goes fully and clearly into the economic difficulties of film production, the effects of American competition, the dangers of the Rank Organisations own semi-monopoly, and the results of Government interference: while the authors friendship with many of those in the industry allows a number of entertaining glimpses of famous film personalities. Mr. Rank is lively, informative, and (in part) highly controversial.
Good in Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with tape reinforcement to the verso, tanned at the spine. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding. Leans a little. Edges of the text block lightly tanned. Price Clipped. Previous owners’ gift inscription to the first blank.
Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine & Upper Board. 288 pages. Index. 8¾” x 5¾”.
Of course, if you don’t like this one, may I excite you with my selection contained in Biography catalogue?