Editor's Note: Cinephile Ben Cho recently posted (click here to find the post) a plea for the ABC to resume showing its held in perpetuity J Arthur Rank film library. It used to be the staple of late night viewing but has now disappeared.
Sydney's supercinephile Barrie Pattison was asked to send in a list of the rarities in the Rank library. He mentioned in response that he did a two or three part piece on the Library in Cinema Papers all those years back. While Cinema Papers is online courtesy of the University of Wollongong I defy anyone to track down Barrie's article from the online info available.
Let's move on. Here's his list.
King Solomon's Mines (Robert Stevenson, 1937) pick of the batch,
Heat Wave nice Ruritanian musical comedy,
The Phantom Light best early Michael Powell,
Foreign Affaires best Tom Walls & Ralph Lynn,
The Camels Are Coming & Falling for You both OK Jack Hulbert,
Britania of Billingsgate shows film making,
The Fire Raisers more Michael Powell,
A Song for You first British use of play back,
The Lamp Still Burns Maurice Elvey's thing about nurses at play.