William Frederick Jury

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Born(1870-12-05)December 5, 1870
London, England
DiedAugust 2, 1944(1944-08-02) (aged 73)
Berkshire, England
CitizenshipUnited Kingdom
  • Businessman
  • Film Producer

William Frederick Jury (December 5, 1870 - 1944) was an influential film businessman in Britain. He led Jury Imperial Pictures, a British film production company during the silent film era.[1] It was a leading renter of films and contracted to distribute official British films.[2] It was also distributor of American films and was active in British colonies. Jury was also involved in distributing propaganda films for the British government.

In 1914 he corresponded with William N. Selig.[3]

Jury distributed a film about the Battle of the Somme and a sequel about the Battle of the Ancre for the British government. Jury's film company was the exclusive distributor in Britain for American film prodiction company Metro Pictures.[4]

Jury was awarded a knighthood.[5] He established a convalescent home for film industry veterans.[6]

Jury owned the New Theatre in Bromley for a time.[7]


  • Britain Prepared (1915)
  • The Battle of the Somme (film) (1916)[8][9]
  • The Battle of the Ancre and the Advance of the Tanks (1917)[10]


  1. "Jury's Imperial Pictures". BFI.
  2. Harris, Ed (November 15, 2012). Britain's Forgotten Film Factory: The Story of Isleworth Studios. Amberley Publishing Limited. ISBN 9781445611877 – via Google Books.
  3. Burrows, Jon (26 November 2017). The British Cinema Boom, 1909–1914: A Commercial History. ISBN 9781137396778.
  4. "Motion Picture Daily: Formerly Exhibitors Daily Review and Motion Pictures Today". 1921.
  5. "Whitaker's Peerage, Baronetage, Knightage, and Companionage for the Year ..." November 3, 1925 – via Google Books.
  6. https://www.sothebys.com/en/auctions/ecatalogue/lot.861.html/2017/from-earth-to-fire-l17302
  7. "New Theatre in Bromley, GB - Cinema Treasures". cinematreasures.org.
  8. Haggith, Toby (2002). "Reconstructing the Musical Arrangement for "The Battle of the Somme" (1916)". Film History. 14 (1): 11–24. doi:10.2979/FIL.2002.14.1.11. JSTOR 3815576.
  9. Kardjilov, Peter Ivanov (August 27, 2020). The Cinematographic Activities of Charles Rider Noble and John Mackenzie in the Balkans (Volume Two). Cambridge Scholars Publishing. ISBN 9781527558748 – via Google Books.
  10. https://www2.bfi.org.uk/films-tv-people/4ce2b6f261bc8

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