Earl St. John

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Earl St. John (14 June 1892 – 26 February 1968) was an American film producer in overall charge of production for The Rank Organisation at Pinewood Studios from 1950 to 1964.

He was born in Baton Rogue, Louisiana, and moved to England after service in World War One.[1] He worked in distribution and exhibition and in 1939 became personal assistant to John Davis.

He was appointed Executive Producer at the studios by Rank's Managing Director John Davis with a brief to reign in financial losses. Under his austere and autocratic control, location filming was cut back, and no film was permitted to exceed a budget of £150,000. Despite this, a number of successful productions emerged from Pinewood including Genevieve, Reach for the Sky and A Night to Remember. [2]


  1. ^ Karr, J. (1948, May 16). MAKING MORE & BETTER PICTURES. The Times of India (1861-Current). Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com/docview/517876369?accountid=13902
  2. ^ "Mr Earl St John." Times [London, England] 28 Feb. 1968: 12. The Times Digital Archive. Web. 6 Apr. 2014.

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