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Carreras, Sir James Enrique (1909–1990), film executive, was born on 30 January 1909 at 9 Chiswick Lane, Chiswick, as Jaime Enrique Carreras, the only child of Enrique Carreras, commission merchant, and his wife, Dolores Montousse. He was educated privately. In 1913 his father, who came from the ...

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Daly, John (1937–2008), film and music producer and promoter, was born on 16 July 1937 at Lambeth Hospital, London, one of five children of Thomas Daly, a dock labourer and manager of a boxing gym in Bermondsey, and his wife, Emily Louise, née...

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Deutsch, Oscar (1893–1941), cinema owner and film exhibitor, was born on 12 August 1893 at Balsall Heath, Birmingham, the son of Leopold Deutsch (d. 1904), a scrap metal merchant, and his wife, Leah Cohen. His parents were both Jewish, and immigrants: his mother from ...

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Forman, Stanley (1921–2013), film distributor and archivist, was born Israel Forminsky on 26 December 1921 at 22 Rupert Street, Whitechapel, London, the son of Isaac Forminsky, later Israel Forman, a tailor's baster who eventually setup his own successful tailoring business, and his wife, ...

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Hoellering, George Michael (1897–1980), film-maker and exhibitor, was born on 20 July 1897 in Baden, near Vienna, Austria, the third of four children of Georg Höllering, musician and impresario, and his wife, Maria Magdalene. Watching his father at work in the theatre was an early inspiration, but on the outbreak of war in 1914 he joined the Austrian army and fought on the eastern front, where he narrowly avoided serious injury. After the war he took over rehearsals at the ...

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Maxwell, John (1877–1940), film financier and cinema owner, was born in Scotland. He trained as a solicitor and practised in Glasgow. In 1912 he acquired an interest in a Glasgow cinema and over the next ten years built up a circuit of twenty cinemas and set up ...

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Ostrer, Isidore (1889–1975), financier and film producer, was born in the East End of London on 17 June 1889, the third surviving son of Nathan Ostrer (d. 1932), a jeweller's salesman, and his wife, Francesca (Fanny; d. 1932). His father had left ...

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Smith, Albert Edward (1874–1958), film executive, was born at 53 Park Road, Faversham, Kent, on 4 June 1874, the fourth son in the family of seven sons and one daughter of Stephen William Smith (1836–1932), a mariner and market gardener, and his wife, ...