Rank, J. Arthur
The speeches are free of charge but please note that the Empire Club of Canada retains copyright. Neither the speeches themselves nor any part of their content may be used for any purpose other than personal interest or research without the explicit permission of the Empire Club of Canada.
First, a tribute to all Canadian soldiers, and especially to those whom the speaker saw at the second battle of Ypres early in 1915. Deeds of valour by the Canadian soldiers in the last War well known to those in England. The British film industry. Encouraging reception by the Canadian audience. The introduction of British pictures to the Canadian public due in no small measure to the speaker's friend Mr. Leonard Brockington. The Odeon Theatres of Canada, formed as a result of talks the speaker had with Mr. Brockington. The varied and difficult record of the British Film Industry. Some history. The monopoly of the world's screen by American producers until just before the last Great War. The use of British film studios by the British Government during the war. An illustration of the many difficulties confronting the industry during those years. A tribute to the technicians who were left to the producers during the war. The hope that by next year restrictions on materials will be relaxed. The studios now back under the control of the film industry. The hope that by the Spring of next year most of them will be re-equipped. Plans and intentions of the British film industry. Three fields, other than entertainment, which the speaker believes will be of great benefit, especially to the rising generation: religious, education, and children's films. The desire to produce and operate in these fields in Canada. Similar organizations in New Zealand, Australia and South Africa. The great resources of inventive genius in England. Research involved in the production of films. England's position in the field of Television. Getting behind due to the war years. A sidelight on the labour problem, having to do with the increased production of mine detectors. The responsibility of management to make the right approach to the workmen. The many and varied fields of research in the factories of the film industry: sound photography, lenses, and equipment of various designs. Attempting to get ahead of Hollywood in terms of studio equipment. Some words about the Honourable J. Earl Lawson, heading up the organization in Canada.