British Lion Films

British Lion Films

British Lion Films Corporation is a film production and distribution company active under several forms since 1919. Until 1976 they were also film distributors as British Lion Films Ltd, with a distributor filmography of 232 films. As a production company they are still active and have produced over 170 films. []

British Lion Incorporated was founded in November 1927 by S.W. Smith. By the end of World War II, the company had released over 55 films including "In Which We Serve" for which writer/producer Noel Coward received an Academy Award. It is best known for the period when it was managed by Sir Alexander Korda. Korda's company London Films bought the controlling interest in British Lion in 1946 and then acquired Shepperton Studios, basing its productions there. In 1949, due to financial problems, they accepted a loan from the National Film Finance Corporation. Not being able to pay it back, the company went into receivership in 1955. As a result British Lion Films Ltd. was formed as a distribution company in 1933. Until 1976 their distributor filmography includes 155 films. []

British Lion Film Corporation was taken over by EMI in 1976. The collection was subsequently sold to Cannon, then Weintraub Entertainment, then Movie Acquisitions Corporation, which was renamed Lumiere Pictures, then UGC (DA), now with Canal + Image. The British Lion name continued post-1976 in an independent production capacity.

elected Films produced by British Lion

* "Spring in Park Lane", 1949
* "Chance of a Lifetime", 1950
* "The Bridal Path", 1959, starring Bill Travers
* "I'm All Right Jack, 1959
* "Carlton-Browne of the F.O., 1959
* "Expresso Bongo", 1960
* "Lord of the Flies (1963 film)",1963
* "Heavens Above!, 1963
* "The Family Way, 1966
* "Girl on a Motorcycle", 1968
* "Loot, 1970
* "I, Monster, 1971
* "The Wicker Man", 1973
* "Don't Look Now, 1973
* "The Land That Time Forgot (film), 1975
* "The Man Who Fell to Earth (film)", 1976

ee also

* [ The British Lion Films Website]
* [ BFI information]
* [ Screen Online information]

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